Today’s Caregiver Magazine is sponsoring Fearless Caregiver conferences in Winston-Salem and Yanceyville, NC, this week. Gary Barg, the creator and publisher of Today’s Caregiver, is a great guy and did a wonderful job in Winston-Salem yesterday of helping 100+ caregivers and professionals get tips, tactics and strategies for, hopefully, keeping caregiving from making them CRAZY.
As a professional who spends most of his time at conferences presenting programs, it was interesting for me to simply sit back and be an attendee; to listen, talk to others and to learn.
One thing, though, struck me as odd; too few people had anything to take notes with and on. Only about 25 percent of the group had a notebook or pad or anything on which to remember important information. Some folks obviously didn’t even bring a pen or pencil.
What were they thinking?
Did they not think they’d hear anything worth remembering? Did they believe they’d remember everything?
Or, did they just not think? Did they believe the information was like Velcro and all they had to do was be exposed to it and it would stick to them. Then, when they needed an answer, all they had to do would be to peel the answer off their bodies and read it?
I tell people all the tim, the INSTANT you realize you’re a caregiver is the moment you should start keeping something to write with and something to write on close at hand.
I try to get them to understand that they should NEVER go into any type of meeting (doctors, care centers, in-home care staff, pharmacists) without something to write with and something to write on.
As humans, forget half of what the doctor tells us before we ever leave their office. When we are under stress we forget all kinds of everyday things.
Whether you are a caregiver or not, you have go to do a To-Do List! You say you don’t have time? You don’t have time NOT to!
By the time the conference was only an hour old, Gary had already offered a wide range of great suggestions. I looked around at the staring faces and I wanted to jump up and shout, “Wake UP! You don’t understand the quality and importance of what you’re hearing!!”
But, I didn’t. I was too busy taking notes.