Stand By Me

Stand By Me: A Guide to Navigating Modern, Meaningful Caregiving

(Simon Element, 2024)

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Compassionate, groundbreaking, and urgently needed, Stand By Me provides caregivers with new ways to juggle the responsibilities and emotional ups and downs of caregiving.

As the founder of the first devoted Caregivers Clinic in the country, clinical psychologist Dr. Allison Applebaum is no stranger to the intensity of being an unpaid, untrained family caregiver. She also understands that it is often the strength and well-being of these very caregivers—the parents, partners, children, siblings, and friends of patients—that are the true linchpin determining each patient’s illness experience.

Stand By Me: A Guide to Navigating Modern, Meaningful Caregiving puts the practical tools and transformative support of the Caregivers Clinic in your hands, empowering you to provide your loved one with the best quality of life and care possible, while promoting your own wellbeing. 

The book covers crucial topics for caregivers including:

  • Working with your healthcare system
  • Navigating changing roles and relationship dynamics 
  • Coping with uncertainty
  • Engaging in healthcare communication
  • Implementing homecare 
  • Connecting to support
  • Finding meaning and purpose in the caregiving experience

Stand By Me draws on a decade of clinical and research experience as well as Dr. Applebaum’s personal journey as the primary caregiver for her own father, legendary musician Stanley Applebaum, at the end of his life. Dr. Applebaum recognizes caregivers for who they truly are: invaluable healthcare team members. Offering critical insight and takeaways, Stand By Me is an essential resource for you throughout your caregiving journey.

Listen to the music of Stanley Applebaum on which each chapter title of Stand By Me is based.

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