The story of Chris MacLellan and his partner, Richard Schiffer was chronicled in a 2015 Pulitzer Prize nominated story about their journey of caregiving. The story told of the challenges that LGBT partners have in dealing with the medical and legal system, but it also told of the love and joy that Richard’s last years had on their relationship. Out of this experience, Chris has written a powerful and compelling book that informs caregivers about how to deal with the challenges that they will encounter, regardless of sexual orientation, family situation or age. This book is People Tested Publications’ latest book in their “What’s the Deal With..?” ® book series, and it’s entitled “What’s the Deal with Caregiving?”
Jack Tatar, Publisher of People Tested Publications says, “This is a book that I was excited to publish because I’ve worked with Chris during his time with Richard and I’ve seen the love that they had for each other and I’ve also seen how both of them felt that the experience they had during this time could be used to help others. The result is a book that I’m so proud to publish and I know that it will help so many of the millions of people who are facing caregiving responsibilities today. Regardless of the situation or illness, Chris’s book will help anyone dealing with caregiving to understand the needs to effectively conduct these responsibilities and how to care for themselves, which may be the most important thing to consider.”
The publication of the book coincides with the recognition of November as National Caregiver’s Month. This is an important event as there are over 90 million family caregivers in the US today and there’s a need to share information and resources with these caregivers to help them on their journey. It’s clear that this new book from Chris MacLellan will be an important resource that belongs in the hands of all caregivers.
Chris MacLellan, is affectionately known as “The Bow Tie Guy” in many caregiving circles. Chris has over 10 years of personal caregiving experience and is an ardent advocate for caregivers and their caree’s, through his Caregiving blog, The Purple Jacket and his weekly radio show, ‘Healing Ties.’ With an educational background in Social Work and Theology, Chris is currently an MA candidate in Leadership and Communication at Gonzaga University in Spokane WA., and the Caregiver advocate for Emerald Elite Home Health Care in Wilton Manors, FL. Chris and his deceased partner Bernard Richard Schiffer’s caregiving story, “In Sickness and In Health: A Couple’s Final Journey” was published by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in April 2014, has been seen world-wide by over 400,000+ people and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by the Sun-Sentinel in 2015 while winning numerous local, national and international awards. Chris presents regularly on a variety of topics on Healthy Aging, Caregiving, Life After Caregiving and LGBT Seniors and is currently embarking on his new project, the Whole Care Network.