July 23rd, 2010 at 2:11 am
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What if You need to be in the Care of Another Person?

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP

Something to consider is what would be important to us and what would happen if we were not able to state our values, wishes or preferences for our daily routines. Most of us have people in our lives who are more aware of some aspects than others. But would they know the little things that could make a difference?

I wonder what my reaction would be if my choices only included certain foods I prefer not to make part of my regular diet or cleaning products that I have a sensitivity to. Then there are my preferred music choices and books and authors I enjoy along with my favorite evening news program.

What if I could not communicate my displeasure and instead I exhibited agitation or difficult behaviors? If you do not know my story and I have not been able to share it, it is unlikely you would be aware if something could just be “pushing my buttons.” I believe it is important to be proactive and stating guidelines for others should they be needed is the first step in creating a lifestyle care plan.

Creating a Lifestyle Care Plan

Take a moment and think of the types of clothes you like to wear on special occasions or when relaxing. I love to wear a turtleneck and scarf in the cold weather while a friend of mine hates anything around her neck, even jewelry. How do you like to spend your spare time, what makes you smile and what annoys you? Although I enjoy many activities, I like some quiet time reading or listening to books on CD, but I am very particular about those preferences as many of us are.

Taking it to another level, how would someone best communicate with you if you had hearing, vision, speech, memory and/or cognitive deficits? Think of the quality of time you might have with someone if they knew your story for conversational purposes. Maybe it is time to take some of those photographs out and write down the story that goes with the picture. Is sharing how you would like to practice your spiritual /religious beliefs important or perhaps you need for others to understand how you want to let go of life.

In addition to your Advance Care Planning, consider creating a personalized plan with your wishes. If you are interested in more information visit Lifestyle Care Plan. Look at the care plans for ideas on how to be proactive should you need home health care or are in a nursing home. By sharing information such as this, caregivers have the opportunity to enhance the quality of a person’s life. If you need to be in the care of someone else, this could be the things you feel might make a difference the quality of your life. Providing your information could help your caregivers create a person-centered care plan. Article with additional information: Take Charge of Your Medical Information: Communication is a Two-Way Street

I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.” Helen Keller
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