The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

Audiobook CD - 2012
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"Benjamin Benjamin has lost virtually everything—his wife, his family, his home, his livelihood. With few options, Ben enrolls in a night class called The Fundamentals of Caregiving, where he is instructed in the art of inserting catheters and avoiding liability, about professionalism, and on how to keep physical and emotional distance between client and provider. But when Ben is assigned to tyrannical nineteen-year-old Trevor, who is in the advanced stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, he soon discovers that the endless mnemonics and service plan checklists have done little to prepare him for the reality of caring for a fiercely stubborn, sexually frustrated adolescent with an ax to grind with the world at large. Though begun with mutual misgivings, the relationship between Trev and Ben evolves into a close camaraderie, and the traditional boundaries between patient and caregiver begin to blur as they embark on a road trip to visit Trev’s ailing father. A series of must-see roadside attractions divert them into an impulsive adventure interrupted by one birth, two arrests, a freakish dust storm, and a six-hundred-mile cat-and-mouse pursuit by a mysterious brown Buick Skylark. Bursting with energy, this big-hearted and inspired novel ponders life’s terrible surprises and the heart’s uncanny capacity to mend"--Container.
Publisher: [Minneapolis, MN] : HighBridge Audio, p2012
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781611748994
Branch Call Number: CD F EVI
Additional Contributors: Woodman, Jeff

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So glad I listened to this instead of reading it. Jeff Woodman nails the emotions perfectly, and I would have skipped ahead if reading. What despair, and what crazy but relatable antics Ben goes through, to avoid being served and to avoid dealing with circumstances in general! It may remind you of family and the strained relations therein. But the road trip, like many worthy road trips provides the time to re-align turmoil, reveals essential detail, and resolves so much angst.

Kris--Pt. Roberts

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