What – or really, who – do you think of when someone asks about the women who you have admired or greatly respected in your life? Do you immediately think of the celebrities like actresses and singers such as Elizabeth Taylor or Barbara Streisand? Or do you think of women who have been in the headlines like Princess Diana, Oprah and Jackie Onassis?
While all these women deserve recognition for many reasons, I’m sure there are many who DO know your name, and much, much more about you. I can think of many women who probably had more influence over our development than these figures who don’t know us at all. And in the entire scope of people who have helped mold you into who you are today, they are much closer than the movie screen, radio or newspaper. Think of who comes to mind:
There are so many things. It’s more than how to treat people, or cook, or manage finances. In fact, there are so many things that it would be impossible to compile a comprehensive list. And as massive a list as that would be, no one person could teach us everything we need to know and understand. And that’s why there has been a whole village of women who have each contributed something to what we have learned and know today.
Think of three things that are important to you. I love to garden, and read and love spending time with my grandchildren doing arts and crafts. I can thank my Grandma for teaching me to appreciate and use the earth to grow food. My mother read everything she could get her hands on and shared what she gleaned from those pages. And well, both of them taught me how to engage with my grandchildren and my best friend sparked my interest in sewing and crafts to share with children.
I’m not sure I ever thanked any of them for sharing themselves so I could find myself. And now it’s too late because they are all gone. But there are others who will receive a note or a call from me soon, to thank them for what they brought to my life.
Just the other day a friend mentioned that the best thing she could think of to give her mother anymore was her time. Mom didn’t need – or want – much else. She rarely wanted to go out, didn’t eat much and preferred TV to movies. Her eyesight prevented her from reading except for the occasional large print book.
But my friend’s time was limited because she had a full-time job, two children with their own children who were involved in school activities, sports, music and scouts. Everyone’s calendar was full and although Mom was welcome to come, she didn’t really want to sit in bleachers or scoot around town. And calling Mom was a challenge because by the time my friend got home from work and prepared supper, Mom was already in bed.
Keeping In Touch Solutions daily call program fit exactly into both my friend’s needs and her mother’s. Mom got a call every day from a cheery care caller. My friend said she saw what a difference it made for Mom – and it made her feel less guilty for not making the time to call herself.
Although the daily check-in call doesn’t eliminate the desire Mom has to hear from her children, it does fill in some of the time during a long, very quiet day and provides some relief for everyone. Our clients have shared many stories about what it can mean.
When all Mom wants or needs is some conversation and attention, Keeping In Touch Solutions can help.
A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.
Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.
I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.
For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.