Welcome 2015! Another new beginning! A time for looking forward!
So, let’s begin this year with hope and positive thoughts about new things to come. Let’s take a little time to reflect and reassess our strengths, needs and resources. Instead of struggling with resolutions, let us see this as an opportunity to establish the best plan for caregiving for 2015. And let us include ourselves as we think about how to go forward. In this issue we have some thoughts from our dear friend, Tom Rinkoski, as he continues with another year of the Savvy Caregiver classes. Sam Boone provides us with additional information on exploitation and protection of those we care for. We learn of the requirements that non-medical hired help must meet in order to provide care at home and to ensure safety and protection. And Dr. Rich shares a physician’s perspective on the importance of talking about medical care wishes. What better time than now to really think about those caregiving plans and what our goals will be for this year.
Let’s take a moment to consider what we value. How can we best honor the one we are caring for while also honoring ourselves? What needs to be clarified, addressed and discussed? The more clarity we have ourselves, the better prepared we will be to work with our caregiving team. And of course, let’s remember that we are not alone on this journey. We are all in this together. Happy 2015!
Cheryl Robinson, LCSW