|Care for the Caretaker, How Jim Backus'
Wife Did It
by Henny Backus
Best-selling author Henny Backus cared for her husband,
actor Jim Backus ("Mr. Magoo," "Gilligan's Island," "Rebel
Without a Cause"), through his 10-year bout with Parkinson's
disease. In "Care for the Caretaker,
How Jim Backus' Wife Did It," Henny
shares her experience and guidance with compassion and wit.
"Care for the Caretaker"
offers practical caregiving suggestions (take the aluminum
walker into the shower) as well as advice on handling the
emotional challenges of caring for an ill loved one. In easy-to-read,
human terms, Henny gives ideas that will benefit both the
patient and the caregiver. "Care for the Caretaker" is a book
for everyone who has or knows someone who has a loved one
who is suffering with a serious illness.
"Warm and Touching" —
for the Caretaker'] is a simple,
readable book that can be of great benefit to others who may
find themselves in the role of caretaker. An intimate glimpse
into lives that glow with hope and deep love. It is a book
to be read by all who care - - about themselves and their
— Jack Lemmon.
"This wonderful book is the Bible
for anyone caring for a Parkinson Patient. Henny covered everything.
It is beautifully and simply written."
— Phyllis Diller
"If you are facing an unpredictable
[medical] crisis — this tender love story of Jim and
Henny Backus may be just the answ..."
— Al Hirschfeld
"More than 'a guide' to caring for
a seriously ill loved one, Henny Backus shows us how to find
the strength, the joy, the laughter to do it with deep love.
I cried and laughed and found the spirit of this book an inspiration
to any of us that may now or someday find ourselves 'caregivers.'"
— Arthur Hiller
"An extraordinary mixture of love
and courage, "Care for the Caretaker"
raises all the issues and tells you
how to deal with them."
— Sherwood Schwartz, creator of "Gilligan's
for the Caretaker, How Jim Backus' Wife Did It' is
absolute must reading for anyone who has an ill spouse or
an aging parent. The book is educational with the Backus wit."
— James Bacon, veteran Hollywood columnist.