Moms give us the gift of life and continue to give us gifts throughout our childhood and long into our adult years.
One of those gifts from my mom is the importance of ADVOCACY. It’s advocacy that has made a difference in a big way in my life – advocacy for my child, my husband, my mom, my in-laws, my staff, my family, and even for myself.
Mom has always been fiercely protective of her family and friends. She would defend us against anyone questioning our character, our commitment to a cause, our intelligence, or our abilities. She was determined that, if she could help us achieve a goal or push an envelope, she would do it in spades.
I learned from watching her that caring for someone meant standing up for that person. It meant standing up for them in any way that strengthened the likelihood of the accomplishment of their goals.
In eldercare, advocacy is essential. It means the difference between good care and bad, between fair treatment and being overlooked, and it means making sure your elder gets the respect that he/she deserves.
I stand up for my mom, for my mother-in-law, for my elder friends – advocating for their wishes, their comfort and their respect. I can’t always make it better. But I can make sure that the best options are available and that my elders’ interests are made clear to anyone who can make a difference.
My mom is 98 and still teaching me, through her needs, that being an advocate is the one of the best ways to show just how much you care.
Happy Mother’s Day!