The Question of Respect
First of all, I would like to extend my greeting to you. I would like to
introduce myself. I am a beautiful and excellent caregiver inside
and out. And I have a question. Why is it okay for the elderly to abuse
us caregivers, such as verbally abuse or make false accusations? Can
you explain this to me, please? And as a caregiver, what are our rights?
It seems to me that our Government listens more to the elderly than to
I believe that any good in-home caregiving situation is, at its core, a
partnership between the professional caregiver, family member(s) and the loved one.
If, after discussing the situation with the family and, if possible, the
client, you cannot get the respect and consideration you deserve, you
should take steps. First of all, document, document, document.
And if you are working through an agency, contact them immediately.
Calmly discuss your concerns with management. If anyone seeks to
harm you in the care situation, call the police immediately. Your
safety, as well as the safety of your client, are both of great concern.
As the family caregivers have a
manifesto by which to live and have needs to be met by their
healthcare providers, I also believe that the in-home professionals
deserve to have a
set of expectations met by the client and their family
The best outcomes come from team efforts, with equal respect being
afforded to all members of the team: family, client and in-home
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Holiday Gift Ideas for People with Alzheimer's
and their Caregivers
According to the 2013 Alzheimer’s Disease
Facts and Figures, one out of nine people age 65 and older have
Alzheimer’s and nearly one out of every three over age 85 has it.
There are currently more than 5 million people in the United States
living with Alzheimer’s and almost 10 million caring for someone with
the disease. Therefore chances are pretty high that this holiday
season, you’ll be buying a present for parents, grandparents,
relatives or friends who have been touched by the disease ...more
Coots and the Christmas Gulls
By Marky J. Olson
That’s my dad with his beautiful snow-white curls
framed by the lake. He still knows me, but the last stroke left him in
a wheelchair, in an adult family home, and with dementia. His love of
65 years has been gone for almost two years now.
Your mother was just here and I wish she would stay. She just won’t settle down!
What did she say to you, Daddy? ...more
Baby, It's Cold Outside
By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer
In many areas of the country, cold weather is an
old-forgotten nemesis that reappears this time of year. When caring for
those with disabilities and seniors, caregivers must take some simple
precautions to ensure a loved one’s safety this winter ...more
A Caregiver's Crown
By Patricia Mizell Pack
There must be a Heavenly crown for
each giving soul,
who cares for the sick and disabled, whether young or
A brilliant symbol that shines forth as a vision of
A fitting reward for each unspoken tale never told.
A bejeweled crown of sparkling rhinestones and pearls,
to be worn by deserving caregivers in all cultural
It's high time we needy take a heartfelt stand.
Show gratitude for each unselfish deed, and extended
A crown of blood-colored rubies for those we hold dear,
formed by sleepless nights, and prayers we never hear.
A fitting reward for caregivers who minister and provide
untold comfort and service that help keep us alive.
Their enduring presence is a testament of their selfless
Their loving care can't be equaled by any prescription
A golden crown of diamonds, rhinestones, rubies and
to be worn by unpaid caregivers in all cultural worlds.
I wrote this poem while
convalescing from vasculitis, an inflammation of the
major blood vessels. My husband was my caregiver during
those long months of illness. Thankfully, I am now fully
recovered. I thank God for my wonderful husband of forty
years. I wrote this poem for him. I now also dedicate it
to all deserving caregivers.
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