Welcome back to the blog! A key part of making a measurable difference in our clients’ lives is raising community awareness and acceptance. One great way to do this is to share stories of medically complex people, and how they are just like their peers in so many ways. Out of My Mind does a great job at sharing this perspective.
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper tells the story of Melody, a preteen with cerebral palsy. Even though she can’t move or speak, her bubbly personality shines through. Getting an electronic speech board frees her from alphabet repetition and unlocks the possibility of friendships with peers. This is a lovely coming-of-age story that kids of all ages and abilities can relate to.
This is a great book for kids in middle school, to help them understand that kids with disabilities can be just like them! The book includes a reading discussion guide to help young readers understand the themes of individuality and acceptance.
To find more inspiring and relatable stories, stay tuned to the Communities of Care website and our Facebook page.
I’m Joan, and I know home care from the inside out.
I’ve navigated my daughter through 24/7 home care nursing and managed her PCA’s. I’ve helped my parents move into (and out of) assisted living, Medicare episodes, skilled nurse visits, home health aids, and PCAs. Sandwiched in all of that, I’ve helped coordinate home care equipment and supplies, physical therapists, occupational therapists, county workers, and medications (oh, the medications). I know emergency departments, children’s hospitals, cancer wards, cardiac floors, and specialty units. I can recite health insurance policies (and call their bluff).
I know a lot of other things in life too, like Shakespeare, where to sit to see a great sunset over a lake, how to keep myself healthy, how to read a profit/loss statement and state statutes, when to use a comma, and that gratitude is one of the keys to success.
So I’m going to have this blog and write about home care from time to time. I’ll include topics like current legislation, professional boundaries in a tricky environment, and being a caregiver. I’ll also post some guest blogs from clients and nurses.
Join me in the conversation.