Library provides valuable information for carers

The Selfish Pig's Guide to CaringYou may be interested to know that we have a small library at the Crossroads Care offices in West House with a wide range of books on all aspects of dementia and caring. Carers are welcome to browse the bookshelves and borrow the books.

One of the titles that has proved popular with carers is The Selfish Pig’s Guide to Caring by Hugh Marriott. The book acknowledges the fact that six million people in the UK provide unpaid care for relatives, and though they are anything but selfish pigs, they are liable to feelings of guilt, fatigue and isolation.

Alison Ryan, Chief Executive of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, said upon its publication, “We have needed this book for 20 years. I wish I had been able to read it when I first became a carer”.

It has been described as thought-provoking, informative and brutally frank, but also funny and moving; a must-read for anyone involved with caring. (Click on the highlighted links for more reviews of the book at

Another book often read by carers of dementia sufferers is Living in the Labyrinth, a fascinating personal account by Diana Friel McGowan. Diana developed early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 45: “Somewhere there is that ever-present reminder list of what I am supposed to do today. But I cannot find it. I attempt to do the laundry and find myself outside, in my backyard, holding soiled clothes. How did I get here? How do I get back?”

Carers may also benefit from reading one of our self-help books on topics such as overcoming depression, dealing with stress, or overcoming guilt, emotions which often accompany a caring role.

If you would like to view the carers’ library, or you would like further information on any of our books, please telephone the Crossroads Care office and press option 3 to speak to Jo Hendry. We look forward to hearing from you.

• What books about caring have YOU have found interesting or useful? We’d love to know … leave a comment and share your thoughts with others in the Crossroads Care in the Vale community.