Monday, February 29, 2016

Senior Care Professioals: the Why of What We Do

Once in awhile a client--an adult child--grills me about ME.  Wait!  Aren't I the one who asks the questions to discover their parent's needs, desires, goals, dreams, plus diagnoses, medications, etc. etc.?  Aren't I the one to take that information and help the adult child make good care choices?

Yes.  So when an inquiring client starts asking ME questions, I'm taken aback.  Their queries remind me of those asked at a job interview.  And goodness knows, I've had enough of those for a lifetime.

Last week I was peppered with questions from an adult child seeking care for her 92-year-old mother. 

"How did you get started in the senior care business?"

"What makes you keep working with families who can be stressed out over finding care for their loved one?"

"Do you like your job?"

Underlying these questions were:  "Do you have a passion for what  you do?  Will that passion keep you going even on difficult days? and "Will you bring that passion with you to work on Mom's behalf?

Passion informs the WHY of our work with seniors and their families.  Passion keeps us doing the right thing, even when no one else is looking.  It keeps us seeking the best options for a senior even if we end up with a lower commission--or none at all.

I still prefer asking the questions, rather than answering them.  But when the shoe is on the other foot, and I squirm a bit, I need to remember to dance.  Passionately.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Your parent has dementia? Walk the walk, safely, that is

It's better to be safe than sorry.  If your parent has Alzheimer's or other dementia, walking can present some challenges.  Here are tips to help you and your parent exercise with care.

1.  Avoid walking on shiny surfaces, as these can appear icy or slick to people with dementia.

2.  Leaving a crowded place can also be difficult, as the person with dementia may become frightened by all the movement and want to hold back.

3.  Getting out of a car can take longer, and walking into a building can become slower.  Telling a person with Alzheimer's to "hurry up" doesn't help.  You'll need to keep track of them and slow your pace to match theirs.

4.  Try mall walking, and bring along a friend or two.  Your loved one can walk with one friend while you get some needed respite.

5.  Be alert for a loss of balance when going up or down the stairs.  Stumbling can be a huge problem.

These tips were taken from A Caregiver's Guide to Alzheimer's Disease:  300 Tips forMaking Life Easier.
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