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If one of your family members was diagnosed with late onset Alzheimer’s disease a form of dementia have you thought about how you will run your business and managing the stress of a poorly loved one. As a CEO of a large  corporation  you are already used to making big decisions and having a team support and report to you.

Having a parent diagnosed with any form of memory loss can impact on your daily function and stress you to the hill when a clear head at work is absolutely vital.

So here are 3 tips for you to think about from my own personal experience as a daughter and as a business owner.

  • 1.  As a CEO of your own company your business will only evolve if you learn to delegate and give others responsibility to which they are accountable to you for.

Your role as you are already aware is to manage them or stress manage them (or invest in someone who will) as and when by giving them the tools to do their job well and support you in your endeavour as you climb the ladder to success. The team you choose and the investment you make into them will be the deciding factor when it comes to their loyalty to you should you need to cope with a parent diagnosed with any form of dementia and continue to run your business at the same time.

We remain forever surprised and grateful to those who step up when we are in need of a kind word or support especially when an employee goes above and beyond your expectation of them when you are having a bad day or are called to the hospital at short notice due to a parents failing health. It is a no brainer- go to the hospital. It can feel really overwhelming when you notice who steps up rarely is it the person you expect!

  • 2.  Trying to keep all the balls in the air channels your focus. You will be surprised as what you can achieve and just how much ground you can cover when the pressure is on, so make it count its an opportunity for you to now do your best work.

I learned that I do my best work in a crisis, something I did not know about myself until I was in the chaos of the crisis of trying to manage one parent who needed my help and who I would naturally want to help and the other who played for my attention because the other was receiving all the attention. That’s tough to manage considering the one – non dementia was more difficult to cope with than the one who had been diagnosed with late onset Alzheimer’s.

  • 3.  Keep a journal especially if you have sought the intervention of social services in case you need to refer back to it later on, just like a journal of the last meeting you undertook with your staff.

If, you need more information then please email me

Residential Care Homes- Staying clued up!!

Residential Care Homes-  Staying clued up!!

cover3When you spend time with your loved ones, it is often the time when you suddenly realise that they’re changing. It’s not just a bit of forgetfulness; whole episodes in your shared experiences have vanished.

It can be tempting to ignore it and hope it will just go away or write it off as ‘old age. It can be hard to imagine what life will be like as your loved one gradually forgets everything about you and your shared life.

Despite all your efforts, if a care home is on the cards, take a leaf out of this book and gain some insight into what you need to understand and what questions you need to ask in order to make sure you stay on top of the situation before it’s too late and you are riddled with guilt.

Transparency is key and any good reputable care home will embrace these questions.

From the Author- Jane Cooper

Choosing a CARE HOME is not a decision that should be taken lightly. Some of these questions would not even have crossed your mind because in this whole journey, we lose our energy, confidence and ability to cope and can be only too grateful and believe that someone else knows what is best for us and our loved one.

In that exhausting process we can find ourselves at our wits end as we forget  to manage those individuals effectively and fail to ask those very important questions we need answers to as our brain floods with despair.

The insights and questions in this book will, prepare you for what you may come up against and or situations that have the potential to be presented to you.
From my own personal experience I wish I knew what to ask for example:

  1. Are these the same carer staff that work here in the day time the same care staff that work here at night or are they agency staff?
  2. Do the G P’s that visit this home prescribe anti-psychotic medication and do you understand what effect they have on your loved one?
  3. Where is the day care book kept and do you have access to it at all times?

I did not know that the care home employed agency night staff and nor did anyone at the care home seem to believe that it was appropriate to tell me either.”

Care is very expensive. We all hear on the news today the bad press that some care homes receive. Make sure you obtain the answers to your questions in order that you understand how the care home operates. There is no price tag on having “piece of mind”
It is not enough to just find a care home, abdicate without questioning nor understanding what takes place there, with whom and when.

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