Accessibility Makes Sense
When I read something that’s so mind-blowingly amazing but so obvious after the fact, my mental eyes cross (“2019 NEW MOBILITY Person of the Year: Karen Braitmayer,” January 2020). Of course, if you don’t live your life in a chair or use assistive devices, you’re not going to think of certain necessities. I’m a family physician with experience in geriatrics. The percentage of those over 85 is growing quickly. We’re going to need accessible residences and public spaces. I loved this article and am inspired by Karen Braitmayer’s creations — beautiful, relaxed, stream-lined spaces that everyone can enjoy. I want to go to Seattle!
What an amazing article and person! Thank you for this information on Karen Braitmayer. It was a pleasure to read about her life and her contributions!
Keys to Home Care
I found this article very helpful for sharing various perspectives on caregiving relationships (“What Caregivers Care About,” January 2020). In any successful relationship, it’s important that all voices be heard. Accepting — let alone welcoming — someone into one’s home is sometimes a daunting, necessity-driven choice. In our home, we rub up against the employer/employee relationship and the family-like nature of spending many hours together doing tasks that are essential for living. Finding compatibility and compromise are pretty key, just like in any lasting interaction. With all due respect, one of my personal coping mantras is: This is better than a nursing home.
Communication is Critical
I have cared for a number of complex care quadriplegic clients as an RN. I agree that good communication from both client and caregiver is foundational to a great working relationship. What really stood out to me, though, was the client who noticed things about me, and remembered to follow up with questions in regards to previous conversations we had had. She had a lot to keep track of personally, yet she managed to show her interest in me as a person, and it really made an impact. I loved working for her.
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