Editor’s note: Peter Cobb is a regular contributor to The Times Argus and Rutland Herald
At what point does a caregiver cross the boundary between providing professional, compassionate care to getting too involved with her patients’ lives? That question is at the heart of the new novel, “To Alice” by first-time novelist J. Peter Cobb of Barre Town, and formerly of Rutland.
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The boundary between providing compassionate care and getting too involved with a patient is often blurred, especially for home care and hospice aides who work with their patients week after week for months, sometimes for years,” Cobb said. “Obviously, the vast majority stay on the right side of the line but that’s not always easy. Some days the home care aide is the only person her patient sees for the day, no one else.”
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One story line is loosely based on a homecare, home visit Cobb attended with a physical therapist in downtown Brattleboro in 1984 that has stuck with me for over 35 years. At the time, he was taking pictures for the agency.
“To Alice” is set to release Jan. 12, 2022, through TouchPoint Press of Brookland, Ark.
Cobb’s “To Alice” speaks to the tribulations faced by caregivers as they navigate an increasingly personal practice
BARRE, Vt. – Sept. 28, 2021 – PRLog — At what point does a caregiver become too involved in their patients’ lives? That question stands at the heart of “To Alice”, the debut novel by J. Peter Cobb set to release January 12, 2022 through TouchPoint Press of Brookland, Arkansas. As COVID cases in the United States continue to rise, “To Alice” speaks towards a group facing greater responsibility and financial strain in their efforts to uphold societal health: home health and hospice caregivers.