Interestingly, this post is being written on Labor Day. Historically, the first Monday in September is a creation of the labor movement devoted to the strong social and economic achievements of American (and international) workers.
Toward that end, our Saturday paper included an Open Letter to Workers lauding, amongst others, the efforts of the Ontario Nurses’ Association to fund the kind of healthcare everyone deserves. I vocally agree! Their stance is to be admired and it feeds into what we’re talking about today.
How Do We Define EXACTING in This Context?
First off, any time an interaction occurs, your aging parents’ file is nearby. It is consulted beforehand and given special attention when an outside-the norm conversation is due to take place. Notes are meticulously recorded so that everyone involved in their care knows all the facts. That includes extended team members who may need to access the data. Your representatives pride themselves on operating by facts rather than assumptions.
What Does Not Constitute EXACTING?
Let’s begin with how often ‘small’ but VITAL information is gotten wrong. This includes the fundamental of misspelling names. It’s one of my pet peeves. During the final sale of my father’s home, this gaffe happened repeatedly. Hello… You don’t fool around in legal circles where such an oversight could compromise the transaction. On top of it, you the customer are left to constantly spot and correct these errors. You have enough stress!
Questions for Reflection
To get you thinking about what EXACTING means to you, here are three questions:
- How often would it take for a care provider to get key details wrong before you speak up?
- What impacts does it create when you’re given inaccurate information by your representatives?
- How do you feel when left to your own guises to chase down support/information that ought to be yours from the get-go?
Speaking of EXACTING, I invite you to tune into my weekly live radio show at www.boldbravemedia.com/shows/the-conscious-caregiver/. “The Conscious Caregiver” is all about the support burdened caregivers deserve and ought to demand. This week we’re looking at my unique ADVOCACY Model as captured in my second book in this realm. It’s called Coping with Un-cope-able Systems: ADVOCACY for Eldercare. Check it out at https://www.copingwithuncopeableparents.com/shop/.
Next time, we’ll get into the second half our COMPLETE SUPPORT Manifesto for Caregivers – starting with Sustainability. For me, this quality is all about seeing things through for the long haul and following up diligently.