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2024 Check-off List

 

Take a moment to reflect on the past year.   Your role as a family caregiver may have entailed making choices and decisions regarding caring for your loved one and adjusting your lifestyle to ensure your loved one received quality care.  Some of you have had to make difficult decisions to quit your job, take early retirement, decrease your work schedule to part-time, put your degree on hold, move your loved one into your home, or place them into a skilled nursing facility.  Some of you had to take time off from work secondary to your loved ones' multiple hospitalizations, falls in or outside of their home, and unsafe wandering behaviors. You may have experienced an illness or disability yourself.   Ultimately, the decisions and choices you had to make were not easy and were made with intense thought and consideration.  With the help of God, answered prayers, and the support of family and friends, YOU DID IT!  You are more than a conqueror; you are a survivor and God's gift to this world.

 

Begin 2024 with an attitude of preparation, empowerment, and an expectation of victory. You will ask, seek, and accept help.  Keep on asking until you are comfortable with the answer. You will take on the role of a caregiver as an advocate, educating and supporting family caregivers you may come in contact with. Be open to telling your story.  You will inform your doctor, pastor, employer, and healthcare policymakers of your family caregiver role and clarify the support needed to assist you with your daily challenges and caregivers' journey. You will be good to yourself and include self-care in your daily routine. Trust your instincts and that inner voice. Let 2024 be a year of empowerment and getting the job done.  A sound foundation of knowledge will help you make wiser, guilt-free choices and decisions that will bring forth a sense of balance in your life.

 

No more procrastinating.  The new year stands before you, like a chapter in a book waiting to be written. You can help write that story by setting goals. The book is called Opportunity, and its first chapter begins in this new year.  Just as a new bloom spreads fragrance and freshness, may the new year add beauty and freshness to your life. Go forth wholeheartedly with no fear and with lots of aspirations and dreams. Be encouraged to dream a new and big vision. Caregivers Outreach Mentorship Empowerment looks forward to walking with you through this journey. We will try our best to inform you of available resources and relevant information that may benefit you and your loved one.

 

Join us on January 18, 2024, at 7 pm for our monthly 45-minute information support session, “Let’s Talk.”  about Estate Planning, Advance Directives (Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy, Living Will), Supplemental Pool Trust, DNR, and upcoming changes in Medicaid.  Guest speaker, Alyssa Monteleon Esq. Elder Law Attorney. You have been thinking about what you need to do. Now is a good time to do it.


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