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  • Who Gives a Care : Safety for Care Givers

    “VENI, VIDI, VICI”, “I came, I Saw, I conquered”, a Latin phrase attributed to Julius Caesar. Baby Boomers are retiring in droves. They bring with them not just their dreams for retirement, but also the health issues which accompany an aging population. This does unfortunately create a strain on an already overburdened healthcare system. It does however and has offered an opportunity for another industry to bloom and grow, “In Home Care” In home care, gives patients the opportunity to stay at home in familiar loving surroundings which are more conducive to living with their health concerns. This scenario works well under the care of qualified CNAs (certified nursing assistants) and nursing professionals trained for this environment. Their training includes the use of proper equipment for safe lifting, blood borne pathogens, needle sticks, wound care, and more including training for the combative patient. This training keeps both the care giver and patient safe.

    As a longtime volunteer in a local nursing home, I can tell you that the care giver does caregiversindeed make a difference. As care givers we must always remember that we are entering their world, their space. They didn’t ask to be here, especially in the condition we find them. They are separated from their memories by Alzheimers and Dementia. This includes the recognition of family and friends. They are separated from their dignity by an aging unreliable body. I remember one Sunday morning knocking on the door of an elderly Alzheimer patient and walking in only to be greeted with a mean right hook, I wasn’t quick enough to duck. He saw me as an intruder. I was quickly humbled by the experience and learned a valuable lesson. I would often bring my children with me, and found that patients quickly warmed up to them, and another valuable lesson learned, for all of us. My children have all since grown, and now my grandchildren accompany me on my visits. Additionally my wife has since become a licensed CNA. Proper communication in a loving gentle way included treating them with the dignity they’ve earned and deserve. Recognizing their space, their needs, and their safety is essential. Communicating with family is also important, as trust is established, and the focus remains on the needs of your loved one.

    When and if the time comes, Please consider “in Home Care” if it’s possible. There are however several other options today including, assisted living, and good qualified nursing homes as well. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and check credentials. Please also make sure your wishes or the wishes of your loved one are known, and documented to protect your rights and the rights of the family using a “Durable Power of Attorney”. Finally, please consider volunteering in a care center, or visiting a neighbor or friend who might be trapped by Dementia or Alzheimers. If you know a care giver please thank them for their service as they are often the ones most forgotten. If you are one Thank You!! Because you give a Care.

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