A Few Thoughts…“When nurtured, there is a grace that makes us intriguing as we age. There is also a renewed sense of joy for every moment of life. I am here to invite us all to appreciate the gift of aging and the precious opportunity we have to care for our elderly. Our heritage is rich with inspiration and it resides within our grown- older family members, who carry it in their hearts.” Becci Bookner
About Becci Bookner
Becci Bookner, CEO of Family Staffing Solutions, Inc. is no stranger to setting the standards in care. In 1993 she founded her first successful personal assistance care company and has continued that work today through Family Staffing Solutions, Inc.; having helped thousands of families just like yours care for their grown-older members in the comfort of their own homes, She is proud of staffing more than two million, five hundred thousand hours of excellent care. Her company currently offers franchising opportunities.
Inspired by her experience in professional elder care, Becci continues to author books and develop senior care services designed to bring families closer together and celebrate aging. Her latest project was finishing the “Put it in Writing” keepsake calendar which can be found with her other books at Violet Ink Books. Please click on this highlighted link to visit Violet Ink Books.
Author Becci Bookner
- Magic Gumball, 1994
- Co-Author, The Personal Planning Guide, 1997
- “Back of the Timesheet” Caregiver Training Project, 2002
- Patterns of the Heart, Inspirational Thoughts on Aging, 2007
- Good Manners for Great Caregivers, 2008
- Cooks Who Care, 2009
- Something About Christmas, 2011
- Put it in Writing organizer – deluxe binder edition, 2010
- Put it in Writing – spiralbound, 2011
- Put it in Writing – keepsake calendar, 2012
- Business Woman’s Guide to Caregiving, 2014
- Put it in Writing ebook edition available online
Books available for purchase at www.violetinkbooks.com
Becci Bookner’s newest book, Business Woman’s Guide to Caregiving, offers support and guidance for working women.
According to the recent University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study, daughters are two times more likely to provide care for aging parents than are sons. The research concludes that in families with children of both genders, sons will reduce their time spent with their elderly parents while daughters increase that time to compensate for their male siblings.
For daughters providing care for their parents, author and caregiving specialist Becci Bookner is here to help. Her new guidebook, Business Woman’s Guide to Caregiving: A Kit of Tools for the Heart (published by Westbow Press), is a unique caregivers’ manual written with the business woman in mind.
Bookner, who has also authored “Patterns of The Heart,” “Good Manners for Great Caregivers” and “Something About Christmas,” brings an extensive amount of career experience to her book. As the president and CEO of Family Staffing Solutions and a caregiver herself, Bookner writes from knowledge, offering unique insights into caring for parents.
With Business Woman’s Guide to Caregiving, working daughters will find support and advice for balancing their professional lives with their care-giving responsibilities. Bookner encourages readers to see the joys and blessings God gives them through care-giving and enjoy these years of caring for elderly relatives rather than viewing the responsibility as a burden.
“Life is precious and difficult at all stages of its various cycles,” Bookner admits. “We tend to view all of life as great except for being ‘aged.’ Being a ‘grown older’ is not a punishment but a most special gift.”
Purchase Business Woman’s Guide to Caregiving by online order from our Violet Ink Bookstore. If you prefer to order by phone, please call Family Staffing Solutions at 615-848-2810.
Professional Awards, Education and Recognitions
- Education Specialist Degree, Supervision and Administration, Middle Tennessee State University
- Master of Arts, Elementary Education, Early Childhood, Memphis State University
- Bachelor of Science, David Lipscomb University
- Symposium panelist “Schools and Childcare Issues”, the Netherlands
- Founder and President, Wrapped Up For Kids, Inc., Murfreesboro, Tennessee
- Founder and President, Elderly Services, Inc., 1995
- Founder and President, Family Staffing Solutions, Inc., 1999
- Paul Harris Fellow and PastPresident, Murfreesboro Rotary Club
- Women of Influence, Nashville Business Journal, 2011
- Women In Business, Murfreesboro Magazine, 2012
Let’s reconsider how we care for aging loved ones”
True story: An executive makes a phone call to check on mom prior to attending an important meeting. There is no answer. After repeated calls, there is still no answer. Immediately assuming there must be an emergency, the executive leaves the meeting place and arrives home to learn that mom had just removed her hearing aid!
Sound familiar? You bet it does.
In the early 1990s, my family members and I faced the dilemma of trying to maintain professional careers, care for our immediate families, and meet the increasing needs of our elderly aunts who both required regular personal care assistance as well as emotional and financial support. It was challenging and often exhausting. We were ill-equipped.
Today, thankfully, many options are available to aging parents and their adult children. Private sector in-home care services and innovative projects in faith communities are making an enormous difference to individual families who are trying to “figure it out.”
However, while there are now more resources available, I believe that there is still a great need to adjust our thinking about aging.
Aging is not a punishment for living; it is evidence that we have lived. It is another — often extraordinary — time in the life of our parents and loved ones. That said, I don’t dismiss the overwhelming challenges of caring for an older person. Based on three decades of personal experiences in caring for older family members, one conclusion is obvious. It will often seem that your best is just not good enough and you will feel guilty.
Creative ideas needed
There are many statistics and reports about aging and elder care and its impact on the workplace, social organizations, the nation’s financial and healthcare resources, and the family. However, a new conversation is now underway. The baby boomer generation is demanding answers to questions about healthy aging, what being older really means in lifestyle changes, and new care alternatives.
This country has no shortage of creative and energetic problem solvers who will can find solutions to the challenges of getting older. Some physicians are reviving the old practice of making “house calls” to their patients. Seniors are devising communal living arrangements to meet their mutual physical, financial and social needs. One more brief example:
Take a look at the aisles of the local grocery store. Seniors can select personal care products in multi-color packages with a wide assortment of choices in design, function and size.
Baby boomers have always wanted choices. The traditional patterns and methods of caring for them as they age will not be acceptable. Consider all the options and resources that are available in 2012 that did not exist 20 years ago. Those options and resources are going to have to multiple significantly again within the next 10 years.
As we develop new options and resources for the care of the aging, let’s remember to make the most important choice – the choice to celebrate and respect life in its final stage.
She’s available for speaking engagements, as well as media appearances, and may be reached by clicking here to send her an email or by contacting her at Family Staffing Solutions, Inc. Corporate Office:Family Staffing Solutions, Inc. 143 Uptown Square Murfreesboro, TN 37129 Phone: 615-848-2810 Toll Free: 866-383-5670