Published: 07/12/2009
ISBN: 9781848762114
Format: Paperback

“Nicole Banerji’s evocative account of her own caring experiences has it all; from the stark realities of a care system struggling to cope with the challenges of an ageing society to the emotions of seeing someone you love suffer. Most importantly of all it provides practical advice to help families through the complexities of the care system and the emotional ‘rollercoaster’ of being an adult carer. ‘The Accidental Carer’ is a must for the babyboomer generation who all too often feel lonely and isolated as they battle with this life changing experience.”
- Ivan Lewis. MP for Bury South. Minister for Care Services 2006 – 2008 more

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They say that it is best to write about something you know about. Nicole has always been fascinated in people and what makes them tick, why they do the things that they do. This led her to a successfu... read more

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The Accidental Carer
100 tips for meeting the challenges when caring for a stroke survivor
by Nicole Banerji

Nicole Banerji never thought that caring for her Dad would be easy after he had the stroke that left him in need of 24 hour, professional care, but Nicole never imagined that she would have to deal with so much. His basic needs were taken care of by the professionals, her role was to look after his interests and to keep him happy, motivated and involved in life. Easier said than done when someone has gone from living an active, independent life, to being severely disabled in nursing care, all in the twinkling of an eye.

Nicole was a novice in this strange world, trying to do her best to help her Dad cope with his new life, discovering a myriad of problems and stumbling over solutions in surprising places.

This book takes the reader on a journey through the challenges faced when someone suddenly and unexpectedly becomes a carer for an adult. It covers a wide variety of topics including: getting information out of health care professionals; dealing with emotions; getting out and about; managing pain; discovering financial abuse etc.

The Accidental Carer uses the story of the writer’s experiences in caring for her Dad and goes on to analyse the underlying themes within these. Each challenge concludes with 10 practical and realistic tips for handling these difficult situations. The challenges will ring a chord for anyone who has ever had to take care of someone they love.

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Nicole's first book How to Gossip whetted her appetite for writing books that share very practical, yet previously unspoken, hints and tips on subjects close to one's heart. She created the British Association of Gossipmongers and wrote this tongue-in-cheek book as if it were continuing professional development for members.Using her alter-ego Nicole Blabbermouth, President of BAG she was unfettered in dispensing her baubles of insight, not only about the gossip itself, but also concerning the way in which it was done.

When her Dad had a severe stroke in 2006, Nicole found herself having to face challenge after challenge in helping him come to terms with and enjoy life. Her second book The Accidental Carer tells their story and again is packed full of practical advice for anyone who suddenly and unexpectedly becomes a carer.
The Accidental Carer will be published in late 2009.

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