The Caregiver's Beacon Newsletter
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Labor Day here in the U.S. is celebrated as a way of honoring the many workers who built the country. Back in the 1940’s and 1950’s after World War II, these were the men and women who built our interstate highway system, assembled cars and trucks, taught the children of the Baby Boomers, and laid the foundations of our international leadership. Fast forward to the 21st century and American “Labor” is more and more service workers, financial professionals, retail sales persons, and healthcare workers.
I would like to dedicate this newsletter to the millions of healthcare workers who get up every morning and attend to our sick loved ones. Some find easy criticism in the healthcare workers who provide care in nursing homes and public hospitals. Indeed, these institutions are strapped for cash and paying their staff decent wages is a constant struggle. Too often, individual members of the staff lose their focus and the quality of care suffers. Deep down, healthcare providers intend to provide the best, most compassionate and innovative care. But it seems that the deck is stacked against them.
The perverse payments systems and competing financial organizations seem intent on severing the most important link to their customers, the hands-on healthcare providers – the nurses, CNAs, and staffers – who make the difference day-to-day for people in institutional care. It’s no wonder that these healthcare professionals are at odds with their management and are pushing for formal recognition and bargaining power as unionized workers. I just hope that these efforts at unionization continue to have the patient at the center, rather than just desperate grabs for the shrinking pool of money in the healthcare system.
Don’t get me wrong: I am the first to insist on maintaining good relations with all of the healthcare professionals on you and your loved one’s team. But, there comes a time when you have to put your foot down and insist that the staff put aside their grievances with management and focus on quality care. Your best defense against indifferent care is to STAY INVOLVED all the time if your loved one is in the hospital or in a long-term care facility. Don’t be a pest! But make it clear that you are relying on the professionalism of the staff to ensure your loved one’s well-being. Do your part, and they will do theirs.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Keepin’ Up With ALZwell: “Dementia Risk Factors” by Nicole Jewell
KEEPIN’ UP WITH ALZWELL: “Dementia Risk Factors” by Nicole Jewell
Rather than a specific disease, dementia is a set of symptoms that can be caused by or accompany other diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or Huntington’s Diseases. It can also be brought on by strokes, both minor and major and HIV or AIDS. Whatever its cause, dementia has several risk factors that all people should be aware of as they age. Some cannot be helped while others can be avoided.
Read the complete article at… http://www.alzwell.com/dementia-risk-factors.html
Let’s be realistic. Time catches up with all of us, and slows down the best of us. Certainly there are some individuals who are capable of living full, active “in the now” lives well into their 90s. But sadly, these people are a rarity. Even with medical breakthroughs, the body still physically wears down and sometimes mental faculties go the same route. What are some of the most prominent warning signs that assisted living may be needed?
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