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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A Caregiver's Crown
By Patricia Mizell Pack
There must be a Heavenly crown
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,
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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