Writing for yourself is fun. Writing for public consumption is hard fun!
Kimberly Fraser – Author
As an academic researcher with the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta, one of Canada’s top two nursing schools, Kim published as an author or co-author in high-impact scholarly journals such as Medical Decision Making, Social Care in the Community, International Journal of Nursing Studies, and Advances in Nursing Science to name a few, over 75 manuscripts, book chapters, curricula, and research reports.
More enjoyment for Kim comes from community engagement, workshopping, and writing in venues accessible to all. For example, check out the link below (healthydebate.ca), where Kim talks about how we might improve urgent care for older people.
- The Accidental Caregiver: Wisdom and guidance for the unexpected challenges of family caregiving (Nov. 22nd, 2022 release date)
- What do Planes, Polar Bears, and Pilots have to do with Health Care? The Making of a Nurse
- Me and My Sisters: The First Ten Years of Sacred Sister Trips
In addition to writing books, Kim enjoys writing essays on caregiving, creativity, and health. She plays with poetry, practices scene writing, journalling, and in general, just trying to keep her butt in the chair!
Coming Nov. 22, 2022
The Accidental Caregiver
The Accidental Caregiver
Wisdom and Guidance for the Unexpected Challenges of Family Caregiving
Publish Date: Nov. 22, 2022
About the book:
This book is an invaluable resource for everyone concerned about the vulnerable people in their lives. Estimates suggest almost half of the adult population will someday be a caregiver, whether for an aging parent, an ailing partner, or a disabled family member. Unfortunately, it is a role that tends to fall on people without warning and almost certainly without preparation or training. Even Dr. Kimberly Fraser, a nurse who ran a large home support business, found it a struggle when her father needed increasing levels of care.
In this timely and urgently needed book, she gives readers sound, practical advice on how to meet with humanity and optimism the bewildering array of challenges facing caregivers: where to find help, how to navigate a confusing healthcare system, how to deal with constant demands, how to keep one’s own life from being overwhelmed by new responsibilities.
Based on personal experience, prodigious research, and extensive interviews, The Accidental Caregiver is an invaluable resource for everyone concerned for vulnerable people in their lives and communities.
Thoughts & Feedback
Evelyn on Goodreads November 21, 2022
This book was very informative without being overwhelming.
I have been a caregiver for several people in my family and am still in a caregiving role. I related to the different stories woven throughout and found it therapeutic. There is nothing better than feeling like someone truly understands how you feel. I can understand the many frustrating scenarios these caregivers had to go through as some were similar to my own.
I appreciated the tips and resources that were given. This would be a valuable resource for anyone dealing with a family or friend that needs help due to illness or a disability.
Educator, Net Galley Review Fall, 2022
This is the best book I have read so far on Caregiving. It provides tools and language to help those with caregiving roles communicate more effectively with medical staff, and to find necessary resources. It also provides a framework for understanding the coping skills necessary to care for someone close to you, particularly when the role is unexpected.
Highly recommended for anyone who finds themselves in the position of being "an accidental caregiver.
Louise F Net Galley Review Fall, 2022
In the first pages of Kimberly Fraser’s THE ACCIDENTAL CAREGIVER, the point is made that everyone will ultimately play a role in caregiving, whether as a giver or receiver.
I read this incredibly compassionate, authoritative, and wise guide with gratitude for the many examples, wise observations, and practical support for what can be an isolating, soul-sucking, horrible time. Her points are based on deep experience and common-sense solutions, and throughout the read, I considered my own experiences in caregiving past, present, and future and how difficult it can be to accomplish the smallest of tasks with the bare minimum attention and support offered by our society and organizations.
This is a life-essential read for all of us. I received a copy of this book and these opinions are my own, unbiased thoughts.
Bobby Jo G on Net Galley
Finding books about family Caregiving is hard to come by. Dr. Kimberly Fraser has written a comprehensive book about Caregiving today - the hardships caregivers face, shortcomings of the home health system as it is now, what programs and organizations are available, and stories from Caregivers with loved ones suffering various terminal illnesses from Dementia, MS, to Parkinsons.
Topics like Home Health, Respite, and Caregiver Self-Care, as well as guides and lists of resources, make this a must-have read for Caregivers today trying to navigate their way.
I appreciated the section where she addressed things people say to Caregivers that are good-intentioned but harmful, such as "remember to take care of yourself too" at parting. She offers other phrases and actions support people could offer instead of throw-away statements.
There is a 'Glossary of Terms Used' at the end of the book that is helpful for someone unfamiliar with family Caregiving.
I will be recommending this book to other Caregivers and family members of my own. Many thanks to Dr. Fraser for writing it.
Net Galley Reviewer
An excellent book to read if you are a caretaker or think that might be in your future. The author tells about her experience as a nurse, and director of a caregiving organization, helping her mother care for her Dad (who developed MS), and her husband (who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer.
Keep in mind she lives in Canada and the financial aspect is totally different than in the US (where I am). Lots of helpful advice as she interviews care-givers, what they needed and didn't get, what they needed and had no idea it was available, etc.
Even though I am no longer a caregiver, I certainly can recommend this book (my Mom had MS for 50 years and really didn't receive any assistance until the last few years as my parents self-paid for almost everything the first 40 years). I also dealt with my husband's 22-month fight against esophageal cancer and later had my widowed Father living with me for almost a year when he turned 100 yrs old.
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Articles & Essays
Articles, Essays and Video Blogs by Kimberly Fraser including readings from her latest book…The Accidental Caregiver.
Sutherland House Publishing
The Accidental Caregiver: Wisdom and guidance for the unexpected challenges of family caregiving
PRE-ORDER NOW. RELEASE DATE NOVEMBER 22, 2022
Estimates suggest almost half of the adult population will someday be a caregiver, whether for an aging parent, an ailing partner, or a disabled family member.
Home care clients who require urgent care need an alternative to the Emergency Department – by Kimberly Fraser
Optimizing Licensed Practical Nurses in Home Care: Their Role, Scope and Opportunities – Kimberly Fraser, et al.