JeffB
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JeffB, March 18,  2019  10:36am EST
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Caregiver pro-tip

This post is about something I discovered this morning as a newbie caregiver. I hope that it is something that might help others as well.

I recently met with the other financial POA last week for our mutual lifelong friend who suffered a massive hemorrhagic stroke nearly two years ago. We are signing him up for Medicare as he just turned 65. When we got the monthly bill, we were knocked down by the $1000+ monthly price tag of the program. He was a State worker, so he never paid into Social Security. Well, we had to start cutting costs immediately. Fortunately, we were able to make that work.

Well, during that meeting we talked about our induvial observations of Nick and his patterns of late. I was feeling worried, still am, and so was the other POA. It was nice to marry up our experiences though.

Skipping ahead a few days. We’ve been trying to task Nick with being independent when and where he can. Like calling his Dr to renew his prescriptions. Which he didn’t. So, I emailed him directly and copied my financial POA partner and a good friend of his as well. Thinking that it would give him a push to take care of that since his benefits were active. He emailed back and said he took care of it. So awesome!

Then I got an email back from his friend and she said the following. That she was glad to hear what other people who interact with Nick are thinking and feeling. And that’s just it right there. I know not everyone is lucky enough to share the responsibility of caregiving. But when you are, and I think even if you aren’t, the time you spend opening up about what you are feeling and observing, makes a world of difference regarding internalized fear and stress.

It was a lesson learned on my part in the end.

 

Photo by Neil Thomas on Unsplash

2 Replies
  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, March 19,  2019  9:13am EST

    You speak the truth! And I love the photo. :) 

  • DolphinWrite
    DolphinWrite, March 19,  2019  8:45pm EST

    God bless. ☺  

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