The three levels of caring: Continuity, Scalability, Love.
Continuity - Whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
The ability to relay and link oral and observed information across multiple parties in order to build a ‘daily snapshot’ of the unpredictable changes in the physical, medical and wellbeing.
All components parts of the daily/weekly visitors and healthcare professional build holistically in order deliver a balanced and effective set of outcomes e.g. the physiotherapy aids in patient comfort and leads to the physical ability to sitin the wheel chair. The stimulus increases the mental and emotional wellbeing.
Scalability - Emotionally and physically
Each day is a carefully balanced routine across a full 24 hour period. Therefore, my ‘carers’ function is better defined as a ‘facilitators’ role. As a facilitation exercise it includes time management and the all encompassing 24 hour physical and mental demands dealing with carers visits, unforeseen changes and the patients needs. This all happens in a ‘home’ environment on an hourly, daily and weekly basis e.g. a home is not a hospital ward. On a personal level, the carers own needs and care are often overlooked.
The power of love.
The secret ingredient is the dedication and emotional commitment of caring for a loved one in a new way. In essence, this is a reestablishment of the parameters of the relationship. This new relationship is redefined across, not only the partners relationships, it will also change the greater family dynamic.
“As I stand on the station waving one train off. I know that more will be pulling into the station shortly. With care and attention I try to keep it all running on time. I know that one day the trains will stop coming.”
author: Robert Bovington for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org