Tuesday, June 23, 2015

All Systems Go!

Getting organized and staying on top of the many details everyday is a skill. If the level of care is minimal, it's not as important. If it's a higher level of care, then it's critical to being in control of your day.

What I've learned over the years is this: always trust my instincts if something seems "off". Make sure I investigate all avenues until I am sure that I have the correct answer from the right source. Never trust anyone who you don't know well, to do what needs to be done.

If you're hiring someone new to be a Caregiver for a senior or a junior in your home or his or her home, make sure you have a training period for the new person. Understand fully what their qualifications and certifications are and what their experience is. Be sure to get references and referrals, if possible, from people who have used their service.

Never take anything for granted, including the medications and the doctors who prescribe them. If you feel the need to, get a second opinion without hesitation. Also, switch doctors if you're not happy with the one you have. Ask plenty of questions, even if someone seems irked by them. And don't stop asking until you are completely satisfied with the answer. Never feel badly that you're "being a bother."

Use caution when hiring a friend or relative. I don't recommend it. It invites a friend or family member to become privy to things that may be highly personal. You may not fully know their work ethic, skill level or accountability. It can cause a strain in a valued friendship that you may not forsee now. And ultimately a friendship may dissolve due to disagreements you are having in how the care is given.

Pay attention to your gut and if anything seems off at all with the care given by the medical team or Caregiver, be sure to investigate it until you are satisfied.

Keep on shining your light, you're doing a good job!

Best Wishes,
Carole Brecht

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  1. So excited to have stumbled upon your blog! I too blog about living in the sandwich generation and my focus is encouraging busy moms like us to prioritize their own health. Look forward to reading more!

    1. Hi Elizabeth, thank you so much. How did you find me, I'd like to know if it was an internet search or on facebook.com/thesandwichwoman or Twiitter? I'm reading your blog about your Dad. I'm so sorry for your loss. I feel your pain. My mom passed on November 23, 2014. My parents were married 65 yrs. I'm sure we have much in common! The best to you with your e-book!