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An ongoing series of information, thoughts, musings. and a little window into the daily running of a Home Care agency

The Greatest Generation

Dec.4, 2018

Watching the news coverage of the funeral services for President George H.W. Bush,  I am, as always, struck by the courage and sacrifice of his generation.  He was barely 20 when he volunteered for service.  I have been fortunate to know a lot of young service men and women, but cannot remember that at 20 I had that dedication.  His life was dedicated to serving this great county, and no matter your politics, he did that unfailingly throughout his long career.  He and my grandparents were of the same generation, and I am so moved by the Bush family's heartfelt remembrances of him and his wife Barbara. 

We lost a client this week, a veteran of the Korean war.  All our staff was so touched by his daughter's devotion to her father, who had survived internment in a Japanese POW camp.  He was, until the end, a strong soldier, and we had all expected him to rally and come home again.  I hope that he gets to meet the Commander in Chief in the afterlife.  Sometimes, we don't talk about the loss of our clients.  We get to know our families so well, and they become such a big part of our lives, that we also mourn with their families.  I don't ever want us to become too business like, that we loose our human connection.  Those relationships keep us going, and are the most important part of our business and all our lives.

Snow Day!!

Dec. 11 2018

Snow Day!  When you are a child, those words evoke feelings of joy!  No school, playing outside, hot chocolate, it really is a time of such fun.  As an adult, maybe it's not quite that simple.  Most of us have responsibilities that don't necessarily dissolve in the light of inclement weather.  Here in NC, we have two sorts of weather related issues, hurricanes in the fall, and snow and/or ice in the winter.  This past weekend, winter storm Diego (who knew they had names?) arrived, with a ton of wet, heavy snow, freezing rain, and frozen streets.  As a home care agency owner, safety of my clients and caregivers is always at the top of my list.  Sending my aides to work in nasty conditions is just something I will never do.  I try and reach out to clients to make sure they have all that they need before the weather hits, and the beauty of technology is that my aides can get messages as a group, so we are all updated on the weather at once.  A new client, also new to our area, was surprised this week to learn all about how we shut down for a weather event.  I like to think we all get to step back, take a breath, and enjoy the white stuff, at least for a day or two, before we have to jump back into our regular routines. 

Snow Day!!

Dec. 11 2018

Snow Day!  When you are a child, those words evoke feelings of joy!  No school, playing outside, hot chocolate, it really is a time of such fun.  As an adult, maybe it's not quite that simple.  Most of us have responsibilities that don't necessarily dissolve in the light of inclement weather.  Here in NC, we have two sorts of weather related issues, hurricanes in the fall, and snow and/or ice in the winter.  This past weekend, winter storm Diego (who knew they had names?) arrived, with a ton of wet, heavy snow, freezing rain, and frozen streets.  As a home care agency owner, safety of my clients and caregivers is always at the top of my list.  Sending my aides to work in nasty conditions is just something I will never do.  I try and reach out to clients to make sure they have all that they need before the weather hits, and the beauty of technology is that my aides can get messages as a group, so we are all updated on the weather at once.  A new client, also new to our area, was surprised this week to learn all about how we shut down for a weather event.  I like to think we all get to step back, take a breath, and enjoy the white stuff, at least for a day or two, before we have to jump back into our regular routines. 

Snow Day!!

Happy New Year!!

We are well into the new year, and 2019 is proving to be a productive and busy year.  If you don't know about the Southern tradition of black eyed peas and collards as your New Year meal, you are truly missing out on the best meal of the year! My grandmother always told us that the peas represented the coins and the collards were the paper money, and if you didn't eat a full plate, you wouldn't have any of that in the coming year.  Now that I'm responsible for the luck and money for my family (both business and personal), I make sure that we all get heaping portions on New Year's Day!!  So far, it's working, so who am I to doubt?  I make the cornbread in my great grandmother's black iron skillet, and I cherish the memories and the connections that it brings me, to know that her hands did the same, and that every year, my family has the same wonderful meal, made with love, sending us into a new year. #luckandmoney