Saturday, June 29, 2013
---I could easily say that the role of the patient is to make the situation work. But, clearly it would be the job of others to make the situation work countering the input of the patient. It has to be realized that the patient, himself, will base his input on his own circumstance and how he is feeling.
---Few are overjoyed upon entering a facility. Most seem depressed, at least at LHH, from many years of an uneventful existence…if nothing more. The level of frustration that they carry is lodged deeply within and governs much of their outward life.
---Say, for instance, he (the newly arrived patient) is hooked-up with a ‘’Happy Coordinator,’’ (HC.) His psyche is explored with a set of questions of his likes-and-dislikes to, basically, find the kinds of things that have meaning in his life and helps him to be more comfortable with who he is. GENERALLY increasing ‘’the happy’’ will increase the overall wellbeing of the individual. It, in the process, will increase the recuperative powers of the patient.
---I think that the ‘’Happiness Committee’’ should be a real entity. One could argue that is what exists at present…and I will ask them to please take another look. There seems to be many folks unhappy with their jobs. I still see as the saving grace to be: to help the residents’ be a happier bunch of people that see a real value in being contributing members of a society that desparately needs their positive participation in the joys and happiness of living…to, again, turn this thing around.
---We can do this, but we must have everyone's coorporation, and we will have to learn to work…together. Some are written off before they are really given a chance.
---The picture above has nothing to do with what is written. It is only to make you smile. But...then, again, the turtle DID win the race!
Sunday, June 23, 2013
(Eric P. and friend)
---They have regular assignments and there are usually two or three on every shift. The whole kit-n-kaboodle is coordinated by Eric Poche, who provides an onsite presence and all the trainings for new and/or young volunteers who are attracted to this type of volunteerism. He gets high marks from his ability to quickly explore ones motives for adding this to his/her journey. His workers have lots of confidence in what he does.
---Being as it is that I reside on the hospice, I have the benefit of knowing the Zen Volunteers very well. (I live on the hospice, but I am NOT a hospice patient.) We have shared liberally over the past year plus…since the move. I have been involved in many different aspects of LHH. I have attended many meetings at LHH. One of my recommendations has always been the same. The residents at Laguna Honda need good-solid people with whom to communicate. The Zen Volunteers would fill this bill.
---When I first realized they existed…I immediately thought – how do we multiply this program to every neighborhood at LHH? Paul Kelley, my social worker says, ‘’there just aren’t enough saints to go around.’’
---The program is now falling into the jeopardy category. Eric is retiring. Let us all hope that things pick up around this event. If I had my druthers…programs as positive as this one would be a priority and NOT fade away. As a matter-of-fact, I would study the many things that they do right and institute what it is that they do…so well – HOSPITAL-WIDE. A note to anyone listening ‘’they communicate…one-on-one. They engage and involve residents.’’ I think that this is great. Take Care.
---Eric has since retired, but the program is still going strong under Roy R.
Friday, June 14, 2013
---I had my best day ever at LHH. I spent the day with two student nurses from USF. They did nothing out of the ordinary other than oversee my needs and preferences...were very attentive and gave me the human TLC that made my day go very smooth. After lunch we went to see the animals. Nothing extraordinary happened other than they were attentive and conveyed how much (through their actions) they enjoy helping people. It really wasn't an all-day job. They were assigned to get to know me. A ''BIG'' Thumbs-Up.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
---I hope that you are all aware of the similarities of Sir Ken Robinson and our own Dr. Victoria Sweet (especially when speaking of Hildegard Von Bingen.) Both use the farming and plant metaphor and the customized environment to maximize the allowing - to give the plant or the child the greatest opportunity to learn and grow.
---It seems that helping others unlearn many of the things that hold back and keep him from real learning, is a good thing. Teaching others to be more innocent...again!