Really, you are. Think about this:
- 1.8 million people each year are diagnosed in the Emergency Room each and every year with brain injury from some kind of blow to the head
- 700,000 people have strokes that have some thinking deficits as part of the package, each and every year
Trust me. You know someone who has had a brain injury.
In addition to everyday brain health and turning up the noise on life, Tami and I spoke about promoting dignity, self-respect, and understanding for those we are supporting by treating each as intelligent, vibrant adults. We talked about how I realized one day that we all (yes all of us) speak to people who are struggling to think or understand as if they were children – we speak slowly and clearly using simple, tiny words – and that is just not OK.
Listen in our conversation HERE. Warning: Listening to Conversations in Care may be habit forming!
What have you noticed about how people change when they care for others?
Here's to remembering to put dignity, self-respect, and quality of life at the core of caring for others.