Advocacy Category Professional
Advocacy – Education for caregivers who may be unfamiliar with aspects of caregiving and healthcare promotes advocacy. Caregivers and those needing care often feel vulnerable to organizations or systems of which they have little knowledge. This vulnerability places caregivers, those needing care and their families at risk of receiving substandard care or of making poor decisions due to lack of information. Make sure you and your loved one receive care that’s beneficial and needed.
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I recently received a telephone call from the housekeeper of a woman named Shirley. She called, frantic because Shirley was starving herself — she wanted to die. After speaking with the housekeeper, I learned that there was a neighbor who had taken on the task of helping Shirley on a regular basis because there was no immediate family in town.
You know yourself and perhaps the family member you care for better than anyone else. Where there are instances where health just doesn’t seem to be improving or something just doesn’t seem right, sometimes you must be the “squeaky wheel” and learn to advocate.
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Adult parents, patients, co-workers and friends —there are people in all of our lives who we seek to cheer up, to make feel better or to help focus on the bright side of life. Sometimes these people leave us feeling more drained than energized. How many people do you know who, as a side effect of giving 5 minutes of your time, result in feelings of being emotionally and physically drained? These people are the emotional vampires in your life. They are the victims, narcissists, controllers, constant talkers and drama queens you come in contact with on a daily basis.
Elder abuse by way of caregiver privilege instead of true advocacy. The dangers of serving as an interpreter or intermediary in care situations. Watch Pamela’s video by joining and clicking the link below.