I have always been told that I should write a book about my job experiences. I have probably forgot more than I will ever remember. So I will blog my jobs ups and downs, joys and sorrows, triumphs and frustrations. Isn't that what life is all about?
Why is Aging Mandatory. Better than the alternative. Growing old is not a negative experience. We have all grown up hearing, "You will know that when you get older!" ... That's right you will know....you might not remember. What age do YOU consider old? Old means you have lived the dream, experienced the ups and downs, the love and the heartbreak. You might not always of said the right thing or done the right thing; but isn't that what getting old is all about. Living life; learning and experiencing. I have always told many of my family members of my peeps (I will explain "peep" later) that getting old was not a sprint it is a marathon. Therefore, staying old shouldn't be a sprint. The elderly all deserve to experience a quality of life. They have been in the race, they have fought the battle, they have struggled to be an adult. I see so many elderly who have been estranged from their families, who have outlived their families or whose families have abused them. I have learned in this job not to judge. I have learned that forgiveness can never be to late. However, I don't think that abuse can ever be forgiven of an elderly. That's why we have elder abuse laws. But, I do think that words, thoughts and some actions do deserve forgiveness. There is not a guide on how to be an adult or how to grow old.
With this blog I have to be very discreet not to give out confidential matters of my peeps. To still be ethical and respective. Therefore, I will not mention any real names or post any pictures of my peeps. In my profession we call the people I obtain gaurdianships of "Wards". To me that sounds so institutional and impersonal. I think I came up with the word "peep" from one of the nurses at the nursing home in which most of my peeps reside. I guess its short for people and I'm their mother hen. I'm the one who takes care of them, who makes sure they get medical care, who makes sure their bills are paid, who makes sure they are being taken care of with a quality they deserve and with dignity. Yes, I'm the one (with alot of help of others) who makes sure they have christmas, birthdays, hugs, kisses and a peaceful end.
I love my job, I love my peeps and I love the people I work with. This is the way that I can share my love for my job and vent my frustrations. Please join me weekly.