I'll Be Right There is about caring for parents, offering healthy and safe senior living options, providing caregiver support for individuals in the midst of overwhelm and stress. Available for purchase on Amazon.com and other book sites.
In 2016 Fern Pessin left her home and her thriving business behind when her parents moved to Boca Raton, Florida. Sure, she was eager to bid farewell to the New York winters, but her mission was to support her parents’ well-being and to protect their resources.
Fern used her skills as a writer, educator, and marketer to learn how to become an effective advocate for her parents. She became a certified Home Health Aide, attended conferences and classes, read and watched materials, interviewed experts, and became active in her support groups. She engaged a team of experts to guide her and her siblings through the financial, legal and medical requirements needed to secure her parents long term care.
Urged by other caregivers to share the knowledge she put to work for her family, Fern put pen to paper and crafted I’ll Be Right There – A Guidebook for Adults Caring for their Aging Parents. In this, her first book in a series, Fern has compiled expert information, personal stories, worksheets, checklists, and other valuable resources to help adult children manage the different stages of their parents‘ aging challenges.
As a writer, daughter, caregiver in service to my family, I hope you'll join my journey and share your stories with me as I share my own and fellow caregivers.
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I have always held in the back of my mind an uneasy to-do list as it relates to caring for my mom, especially now that my dad has passed. After reading this book, I know I can take this on. Today that means that I can take inventory of all the paperwork in my safe (which I have been avoiding) and that I can be better plugged in to what my mom may need help with at home (but won’t ask for). Tomorrow that might mean knowing how to deal with a medical situation…or something more serious.
I’ll Be Right There is from the heart. Chock full of detail, humor, compassion, and love. Fern has captured the essence of being a caregiver, and we know the best advice comes from having lived that role. The book is an easy read, not a classic Rx, and Fern’s style and comic relief allow one to say, “OMG—that’s my parent(s)!”
—Judy Simon, geriatric expert; creator of T.A.P.—The Alzheimer Project (movement program based on ballroom dance) and The Parkinson’s Choir; Former owner A&J Home Care
After more than fifteen years of caring for my disabled father—leading up to his passing—I thought I knew everything an adult child caring for an aging parent needed to know. I’m happy to say that I’ll Be Right There proved me wrong in the best way possible. This book is a wonderfully comprehensive resource. Fern manages to present an amazing amount of information in an engaging yet realistic way. She doesn’t shy from the difficult or sensitive topics and uses her compassion and experiences to guide a reader through what can be a very hard process and major life event. I’m reassured that I’m now better prepared to help care for my aging mother.
This book provides an amazing road map for the reader. You can choose what chapters you need to visit and spend time reviewing. The guidance is clear and relatable along with recommendations and valuable resources in one comprehensive location. Congratulations Fern on taking this journey with your parents and procuring all the expertise along the way for the benefit of others.
—Marie Duquette, Atria @ Villages of Windsor, Community Sales Director
I particularly liked reading about your journey and about dealing with anger. I thought it was only my situation that my husband was so very angry and hostile.
Fern has a nice way of relating difficult concepts into digestible sections. I particularly like the way she addresses driving. Driving while incapacitated (the real “DWI”) is a major problem, especially in cities without a good public transit infrastructure. It is an issue which must be approached with understanding and respect. The tools provided in I'll Be Right There should help readers on this and many other issues. Fern approached these types of difficult topics with sensitivity and insight.
—Scott Solkoff, Elder Law Attorney