Saturday, November 14, 2009
Hear Ye, Hear Ye
We're already two weeks in, but November is National Caregivers Month. Click on the above very official document to find out more. And if it's too small to read, check out the website HERE.
The document sure looks real, but I wonder about its relevancy in an era where most states' budgets are shrinking dramatically. California, at least, long known for its generous programs to help the disabled, has slashed its Regional Center budgets so much that there is virtually no money left for respite for the families of children with special needs and the elderly. I don't know what the answer is.
Now go out and find a caregiver, near and dear or even not, to you, and offer to help.
If you're a caregiver of someone with a chronic illness or special needs or profound needs, accept help and stay courageous. I wish I could say that it's all going to be all right, but we know better, right?
Tiny steps, tiny steps.
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It's just so wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. There's got to be something else that can be cut.ReplyDelete
I'm so sorry.
At least caregivers are getting SOME attention. Not enough, of course. But ten years ago, there was hardly thought or mention.ReplyDelete
It is always baby-steps, isn't it? And yet the need is already mighty and overwhelming in its size. Can baby-steps every catch up?
"Accept help and stay courageous." Okay. I will do my best. Onward!ReplyDelete
Katie's caregivers save my life and my sanity every week. They are the most amazing young women and they keep coming back to care for her. I'll tell them today how much they mean to me. Thanks for the reminder.ReplyDelete