Laguna Honda Hospital Resident

Laguna Honda Hospital Resident

Friday, August 29, 2014


Make a

---That seems to be one of the latest ‘’things’’ to do. It is quite fashionable to make a homeless person…smile. Having been homeless for a time, I think that is a wonderful thing to do. I remember when folks gave me money, meals or directed me to places to stay…how grateful I was. At times a blanket. A bottle of soda, candy bar and a smile…would sometimes do it. Practically ANYTHING! Onetime a woman brought me a KFC meal. It felt great…especially on top of a couple days of NOT eating!

---BUT…I would like to talk about being ‘homeless’ as opposed to being ‘houseless.’ Most times they are confused. Being houseless means that you don’t have a place to stay. It is usually a structure where we keep our stuff. It can sort of be our headquarters.

---Being HOMELESS can designate a different condition. If we think of being at home as that warm fuzzy feeling that has well-being written all over it. A place where you feel understood and accepted at every turn. That’s what I’m talking about. It is, probably, the mindset that the person who wrote ‘’Home Sweet Home’’ had. It, usually, has a mothers-type - LOVE - seal of approval (ideally, of course.)

---If one finds that home within himself/herself…than he has that feeling of being at home…basically, all the time. He brings his home with him/her, everywhere he goes…because he is ALWAYS AT HOME. You may have met people like that. They are usually ‘’comfortable with themselves,’’ all or most of the time. Be Well.

 Reposting from July - 2013

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Amy Van Dyken Rouen speaks to the press June 2014

---Her ATTITUDE is AMAZING! This greatly adds to the fact that she is so fit physically, mentally and spiritually!

Friday, August 22, 2014


---Communication is the cornerstone of ALL relationship. The

rapport created by the interaction is of utmost importance. The

objective of ALL communication is to convey one's message or

thoughts clearly to another in as pleasant a manner as possible.
---The role of the resident is to clearly convey his thoughts and message as clearly + as briefly (to the point) as possible. To be willing to work out (through a kind of compromise) a pleasant solution (for a timeframe the PCA is able to carry out the needs and preferences of the resident.) The commitment is the fact that this is what the care partner's job description says that he/she is hired to the very least. (The quality of the interaction is the measure of the degree of the pleasantness involved.)
    1. Communication - To convey WHAT is necessary as clearly and briefly as possible
    2. Compromise - WHEN the task can be carried out. It is worked out to maintain a copacetic environment. (Remember that that particular resident is NOT the care partner's only patient.)
    3. Commitment - The quality of the interaction is simply the PLEASANTNESS of the exchange.

    1. Resident/Patient isn't many times clear on his/her needs + preferences. He can hem + haw a lot.
    2. Care Partner's turn to hew + haw about how busy they are. Patient usually say that need for item is immediate. The argument between the two can easily last longer than task argued about.
   3. OFTEN enter into dealings with each with MANY ASSUMPTIONS...that are NOT accurate. Neither side is very objective...much of the time.

Notes from a couple of recent meetings.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Dr.VICTORIA SWEET - I haven't written of her in awhile - Click

---Dr. Francis Peabody quote (1929) - ''One of the essential qualities of the clinician is his interest in humanity, for the secret of the care of the patient is in the caring for the patient.''