Having worked in the field of Social Services for many years, I can acknowledge quite openly that the way I think and interact with my clients and co-workers has changed over the years. Call it maturity, wisdom, experience, even trial and error, but I like to think it’s a sign of growth and continuous understanding.… Continue reading Some Words to Work By
An excellent blog post!
This quote stood out the most for me, “This family had planned and communicated about end-of-life issues more than most ever do, but they still hadn’t been shown how to kick the ball through the goal post.”
How does a family, a patient ensure their Advance Care Directive is followed/honored?
“The advance directive should be seen as a conversation starter, an idea generator, a philosophical tool. It is a guide for your loved ones to work with your doctors and make decisions that are based on your goals and values as the situation unfolds. Its purpose is to chart the broad strokes, to delineate the guiding principles.
But it simply cannot be a detailed list of dos and don’ts.”
More education, more training for both professionals and lay people is needed re: this topic.
This is an excellent blog post and explains the confusion around the word PALLIATIVE CARE.
Education and training are needed for both professionals and for lay people. Comfort, compassion, friendship…pain management, support to the client and family/friends……no one should suffer.
by Jaqueline Lee, UNC School of Medicine
We knocked on the door to our next patient’s door. She was a new resident at a rehabilitation and nursing facility just outside of Charlotte. “We are from palliative care” we explained to her nurse who was busy giving a bath to our patient’s roommate. She looked back, a look of concern taking over her face. “Oh no I’m so sad to hear that, I thought she was doing okay” she said, referring to the patient we were to visit.
We later went on to meet our patient, a sweet older lady who had just celebrated her 100th birthday the day before. She had a set of bouncing balloons in her room and photos of her many children and grandchildren up on the wall. After a short conversation we confirmed, just as her nurse had said, she was doing just fine; however, a…
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Social Services, Mental Health, Health Services, Social Work, Counselling-all good professions and yes often those of us who go into the field do so because we want to, because we want to make a difference, because we have a strong desire to make the world better in whatever way we can.
Kelly is correct in that no matter if you work with 2 children, 2 families or 2 seniors the issues presented may be similar, but no two stories are the same!
It is important to find your niche demographic and the only way to do this is to volunteer, have internships/stages or work with various populations and specializations. No matter how many years in the field or working with a specific population, it is important to know when you are in ‘over your head’ or working with a client whose issues are beyond what you can handle as a professional.
As Kelly said; “Being present, being available, providing that one safe haven where the marginalized and often-judged can relax a little and not feel pestered, abused, used, and devalued might be enough.”
So you’re thinking of getting into the field of Social Services? Why? I’ll bet it’s because you want to help people; make a difference. Noble of you really, and we can never have enough good people with good intentions who care and are willing to serve others.
Social Services however is pretty broad though isn’t it? I mean helping people is a pretty all-encompassing statement that you’re going to have to narrow down somewhat in order to determine the population demographics you want to work with. So for example is it children, teens, young adults, middle-aged adults or seniors? And there’s more. The unemployed? Those in the corrections system? The field of addictions, (alcohol and drug, prescription medication abuse)?
Maybe you’re thinking of the homeless or those who have been physically, mentally or sexually abused? We haven’t even scratched the surface here. Are those you want to help dealing with bereavement, anxiety…
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The reality is caregivers will only continue to be needed. I am part of the ‘sandwich’ generation of one who has children of my own and parents who are aging. They may not need me much now, but that will most likely change.
In reality, healthcare whether by the state or province one resides in or private health insurance needs to offer more for caregivers and assist with home care/care giving. It can be a lonely road to travel, a road that wears one down so that we cannot provide the best quality of care.
Self-care is needed to prevent burn-out.
Ambushed by Eldercare? You’re Not Alone
7 strategies to help you cope
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Late one night the phone rings. Your 80-year-old mother has had a heart attack and your life turns upside down, bringing worry, stress, anxiety, and uncertainty, your days punctuated by one crisis after another.
More than 54 million Americans are unpaid caregivers to their family members, two-thirds of whom are women (Matthews & Blank, 2013). Pulled in multiple directions at once, many are caring for their own children, as well as older relatives, and their numbers are only increasing as the population ages.
“It is a terrible situation to have so many people to care for and yet also have work responsibilities and other commitments—as well as the need to take care of oneself and remain sane,”…
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Sometimes we come across a blog post that just speaks to us, resonates with us....this is one of those posts. My heart goes out to Angela; to have a child die does not seem to follow the natural order of things. What is important is that the death is talked about, the grief allowed to… Continue reading Let Me Tell You Who I am Now….
Thank you to Rea L. Ginsberg for sharing this article and to Loss, Grief, Transitions and Relationship Support for posting it!
Individuals with that ‘shining light’ according to the post-it is learnt behavior, but I think some people just have it from the moment they are born!
Some have such caring hearts, step in to help others, focus on the good in the world and making improvements without a thought because at the core, it is who they are. To do or behave differently would force them to change who they are.
It is articles such as this that remind us, guide us and nudge us to be better individuals. To make a difference in the world……
I like this quote: “The stumbler doesn’t build her life by being better than others, but by being better than she used to be. Unexpectedly, there are transcendent moments of deep tranquillity. For most of their lives their inner and outer ambitions are strong and in balance. But eventually, at moments of rare joy, career ambitions pause, the ego rests, the stumbler looks out at a picnic or dinner or a valley and is overwhelmed by a feeling of limitless gratitude, and an acceptance of the fact that life has treated her much better than she deserves.”