Drawing on his more than twenty years as a practicing physical therapist, author Kevin Lockette has compiled an unparalleled resource for home caregivers: A Caregiver’s Complete Guide for Safe Mobility and Independence in the Home delivers exactly what its title states. Lockette’s numerous strategies and tips focus on how to offer safe caregiving, especially as it relates to the care-receiver’s mobility and independence. But he also gives attention to the safety of the caregiver, because, as he wisely notes, “If a caregiver is injured, it frequently results in the care-receiver losing the ability to remain in a community setting.

This book has easily referenced chapters on such topics:

  • body mechanics (including principles of safe lifting)
  • guidelines for transfers (including considerations for body type and various disabilities)
  • adaptive and assistive devices for the care-receiver
  • fall prevention and fall-proofing the home
  • information on types of wheelchairs

He also includes detailed instructions (with illustrations) on appropriate exercises for the minimally to moderately impaired. A helpful glossary is provided, as are several appendices, which offer important information on various caregiver associations, caregiver-specific Web sites, and numerous connected resources.

“Kevin Lockette PT has written extensively on rehabilitation and exercise for those with physical impairments. In this, his latest book, he goes beyond a simple guide for caregivers; he demonstrates his passion for his field as he adroitly shares his indispensable information with his readers. As a caregiver, you wouldn’t want anything less for those in your care. With A Caregiver’s Complete Guide for Safe Mobility and Independence in the Home, you won’t need anything more.”

Bruce Katsura MD
Physiatry and Rehabilitation Services LLP

“Over the last 20 years, physical therapy clinician Kevin Lockette has systematically amassed a wealth of skills, practical knowledge and tips to promote independence in the home setting. Now this publication represents his scholarly contribution at a time when long-term caring is shifting rapidly from institutional to home and community-based settings. A Caregiver’s Complete Guide for Safe Mobility and Independence in the Home is set to become a valuable resource for family caregivers, home care agencies and small adult care or foster homes everywhere. This is the practical guide that they have been looking for.”

Cullen T. Hayashida, Ph.D.
Kupuna (Elder) Education Center, Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu, Hawaii