Catherine L. Owens debut guidebook is a powerful and preparatory tool for seniors and adult child caretakers in making well-thought-out decisions about senior living options before a crisis or emergency strikes. Senior living expert Owens approaches this highly sensitive topic about transitioning to senior living options through a set of eight proactive concepts. Owen opens each concept with a thought-provoking quote that gently segues into a commonly accepted paradigm and then weighs that perception against the reality of the situation. She includes worksheets to create a real picture of what the present cost of living looks like before doing a side-by-side comparison with various senior living options and services. In describing these options/services, Owens breaks it down even further by listing their benefits, disadvantages, average costs, and additional expenses. Kudos to Owens for accomplishing her goal: “My sincere desire is that this book will offer some guidance, direction, and peace of mind as you contemplate and navigate the difficult decision of senior living services for yourself or a loved one.” --San Francisco Book Review, http://sanfranciscobookreview.com/2015/04/be-your-own-hero/
Finally, a book that simplifies a very complicated process for anyone making Senior Living Decisions. Catherine has done a fabulous job simplifying this entire process for families helping a family member get to the right place. Critical information is provided for families to be informed before they start looking in the Senior Living Industry. Knowledge is power and Catherine has provided all the tools for success! —Rod Hansen, Amazon.com Review
This book identifies the realities that individuals face and need answers to when addressing care issues for themselves and or a loved one. This book is an easy read, much like a guidebook, concise, effective, definitive and honest. More than that, it has heart, it is effective and enjoyable. "Be Your Own Hero" should be read by most everyone, in healthcare or not. —Victoriana, Amazon.com Review
Having recently gone through the process of seeking a decision about moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community, we can vouch for the fact that the questions that she poses are exactly those to which we sought answers, and that her responses are "spot on"! When we heard that someone had finally authored a book on this most important topic, we wanted to read it to review for our many friends who are right now in the throes of making these decisions. We plan on gifting them all with copies of "Be Your Own Hero". —Colorado Woman, Amazon.com Review
I particularly appreciate your chapter approach of stating the ‘Accepted Thought Process’ and then the ‘Reality’. This approach immediately clarifies a topic and serves as a sort of thinking guideline for the chapter information. The financial information and worksheets are presented in a clear understandable way, which easily includes participation from all family members. What a wonderful book. —Karla Kvasnikoff
After finishing "Be Your Own Hero,” I just had to tell you that it should be read by everyone that has turned 60 or above. You have covered all aspects of our lives, weighed them in the proper perspective, as most people truly feel leaving their home is losing their independence. The book definitely needs more exposure so lets get you on TV and tell the world. The book is sheer excellence and you should be proud as the author is a HERO. –Janice N. Brown
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Whether you are a senior starting to consider senior living services, or the adult child of an aging parent who is recognizing growing needs and concerns, “Be Your Own Hero” is full of helpful information to inform you and to simplify the process of looking into senior living services. Author Catherine Owens will: