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Caregiving Perpectives

 
Stephen Anable

Caregiving Perspectives, by author Steve Anable, is a collection of short columns--advice/tips as well as personal essays about caregiving--first published on the Rewarding Work Facebook page. It offers general guidance and specific anecdotes that we hope will interest both workers and consumers. We welcome your comments, suggestions, and expertise at: stephenanable@rewardingwork.org.

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PCAs, WRITE DOWN KEY CONSUMER INFORMATION!

What if, while working as a PCA (Personal Care Attendant), you called a consumer, but no one answered the telephone? Or, what if you arrived at their residence but got no response when you rang their doorbell? Or, what if you found a consumer unconscious, unable to tell you what had happened?

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YOUR REWARDING WORK APPLICATION IS YOUR AD

Sell yourself, honestly and enthusiastically.

When you answer the questions in your Rewarding Work application, you are not applying for a job through our staff. You are talking directly to the consumers searching for a worker.

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CONSUMERS, YOU ARE THE EXPERT ON YOUR CASE

You know you!

You are looking to find a worker you can trust, who will meet both the physical and emotional requirements of your situation. 

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WHEN ‘THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM’ WAS A HORSE

“There’s a horse in the room.”

My mother was propped up in her hospital room bed, cheery and chatty, having rallied from a dangerous fever, early in her Alzheimer’s saga. 

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TOAD WARS

Nature called the other day, and it had nothing to do with finding a rest room. The weather had at last warmed up, and I decided to take an off-road hike through a wooded reservation.

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WHAT’S SO FUNNY?

Right!

Can you find humor in caregiving? We know it’s necessary; we get advised to do it all the time, as a kind of emotional safety valve.

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Stephen Anable, Ed.M., is a journalist and fiction writer whose work has been praised by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews. He has many years of social services experience, especially with autistic and elderly consumers. As a caregiver in his personal life, he was responsible for six elderly relatives. A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, he is the father of two young sons. 

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