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Serenity

May 9, 2013

There are so many opinions when it comes to same sex marriage….I choose to stay out of it because no one can force any one to do anything….that being said, I am a Christian….I choose to lead by example and not by judging others….I choose to be the Bible….walk by faith and not by sight.  I take my relationship with GOD seriously and I am not here to pass judgment, point fingers, or get involved with he say – she say mumbo jumbo.  I speak the truth…and that’s who I am…

The Serenity Prayer…we all know it; it goes as follows:

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This Concludes Mimi Jenkins’ Moment of Truth

Caregiving requires devotion and compassion.  It is not something you wake up one morning and decide to do.  As you face aging parent(s)/grandparent(s), you can do either one of three things:

  1. Place them in a nursing home
  2. Consult an in-home senior care agency
  3. Do it yourself

Let’s look at all three differently.

Nursing Homes:

Choose wisely because not all nursing homes are created equal.  Make sure you physically, emotionally, and visually check the nursing home out prior to enrolling your aging parent(s)/grandparent(s).  Upon first arrival and you notice it reeks of urine….walk back out the door.  If you find that seniors are just sloped over in a chair outside their room or staring unemotionally out the door or window, there is need for concern.  By no means should you expect your parents(s)/grandparent(s) will be taken care of just because you are told, “We take pride in what we do.” Or “Our seniors get the best care.”  Do a surprise visit and see for yourself if whether or not promises are kept.  Check out all the staff that is going to be involved with your parent(s)/grandparent(s) on a daily basis; get names, numbers, and hours of meal service and baths. 

In-home senior care:

The same goes here; do your research, ask around, and check out local In-home senior care facilities in your neighborhood.  Go on line and see if there have been any complaints.  When you Google, “In-home senior care”, see what facility pops up first and start from there.  There are some good ones and there are some not so good ones.  Most seniors want to be taken care of in the comfort of their own home.  It’s where they live, sleep, eat…..it’s their home.  In some cases, a family member can be designated to take care of the aging parent(s)/grandparent(s).  Check with the laws in your particular state. 

Do it yourself:

So we have come to this…take care of your parent(s)/grandparent(s) yourself.  How do you go about doing it?  There are several ways of doing it.  For me, I had to contact my mom’s Social Service Representative and was sent a list of In-home senior care facilities to work through.   Again, my mom had to designate me as her personal care aide. Check out the attached link to find just about all your answers on elderly care, nursing homes, and any other questions or concerns you may have.  After all, you want the best for your parent(s)/grandparent(s)…you want to be there for them like they were for you…

http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Seniors/Housing.shtml

These opinions are solely mine.  The referenced link attached is to guide you in making your own decision for the needs of your aging parent(s)/grandparent(s).

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Be Bold…

May 6, 2013

Be Bold...

Teachers and students may seem to go hand in hand, but in the grand scheme of things; just like time, the teacher/student relationship changes.  As parents, deciphering what is fact from fiction can sometimes and in most cases seems overwhelming. 

Case in point #1:

When my oldest son was in middle school, I believe it was the 7th grade, he was told by a teacher that he did not deserve to be in her classroom.  Of course he was crushed by this; not knowing why he was being told such hurtful words. 

Case in point #2: 

My youngest child was in grade school when one of his teachers kept showing slavery movies every single day.  What surprised me about this scenario is that the principal was unaware of the movies that were being shown to the classroom.  My son felt uncomfortable as he was the only young man of color in his classroom. 

You see, situations happen in classrooms – some are more extreme than my two case points that we as parents are unaware of because kids have a habit of keeping things to themselves.  To me it’s a form of bullying. 

When teachers call students out of their classroom just to “hang out”, I have a problem with that…when teachers take over the students assignments, I have a problem with that…when teachers look a student in the eyes and call him/her “stupid”, I have a problem with that…when teachers lie on other students just to protect their “favorite” student, I have a problem with that…when teacher follow kids around on social networks to try and find something to discredit them or get them in trouble, I have a problem with that….when teachers place one student against another, I have a problem with that….

When I send my son to school, I send him to learn, not to impose judgment or having to defend himself against negative words that come out of teachers mouths. 

In my school days, I had teachers that taught and principals that did not put up with any sort of misconduct – whether it was from a student or a teacher. 

I had a niece that actually got sick each morning prior to school because her teachers gave her a hard time…they didn’t like her and they did not hide their feelings in front of her.

There are so many great teachers in this world and if that is you, keep it up!  Your hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated!  Teachers are underpaid and often under appreciated and those that take their career seriously – kudos to you…students can and will learn a great deal from you.  There is always that special teacher that has greatly impressed a student to grow to great heights. 

This Concludes Mimi Jenkins’ Moment of Truth.

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Reach for the Stars

May 2, 2013

Reach for the Sars

You will never know if you will succeed at something if you don’t at least try.

Senior citizens play a very important role in our lives.  One look in their eyes can tell a million stories as to how they survived the great depression, slavery, holocaust, war, losing parents at a young age and having to step up to the plate and rear younger siblings; dropping out of school at a very young age to help support the family, and taking any job they could to make ends meet. 

So why don’t we support them better than we are doing?  Why are they still struggling to pay for medication, food, room, and board?  Why can’t senior citizens be taken care of the way they took care of us?  Senior citizens have more than paid their debt in blood, sweat, and tears to society. 

When my husband and I go grocery shopping at Aldi’s, normally our basket is full, but at as I look over to either my left or right, I see senior citizens with barely anything in their baskets, having to shop only once a month…fixed income…it really saddens my heart.  For those that have not shopped at Aldi’s, a quarter is needed for the shopping carts to release it from its adjoining chain.  Once you return the basket in its designated area, the chain is inserted back into the slot and your quarter pops out.

My husband and I have gotten into the habit of giving the basket with the quarter still inserted to a senior citizen or a new shopper who doesn’t know a quarter needs to be placed in the slot in order to release the basket.  It’s only a quarter.

My question to you is:  What can we do to make their lives a little easier?  I had one idea of starting a prescription drug program; setting up an account at a local bank for senior citizens that would tie into the pharmacy of choice.   It may seem far-fetched, but it’s a start.

Ask yourself this question:  How can I help!

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