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  December 12, 2013 | Issue #670
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From the Editor's Pen
Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary BargThe Question
of Respect

Dear Gary, 
 
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 us caregivers.  
 
Thank you,
Candy
 
 


Candy,
 
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 members.

The best outcomes come from team efforts, with equal respect being afforded to all members of the team: family, client and in-home caregivers.

Your advice to Candy
 



 
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A Caregiver's Crown
By Patricia Mizell Pack

There must be a Heavenly crown
for each giving soul,
who cares for the sick and disabled, whether young or old.
A brilliant symbol
that shines forth as a vision of gold.
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 worlds.
It's high time
we needy take a heartfelt stand.
Show gratitude for each unselfish deed,
and extended hand.

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 will.
Their loving care can't be equaled
by any prescription pill.
A golden crown of diamonds, rhinestones, rubies and pearls
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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