Getting started at Project Independence
by Shelly Ehrman, RN
Social isolation can lead to enormous physical, social and emotional complications. The social engagement that the PI community facilitates is often the “much needed medicine”.
Are you caregiving for someone you think could benefit from attending PI and yet you can’t imagine that they would ever go for it? How can you convince your loved one to try this particular kind of medicine?
My experiences as PI’s outreach and caregiver support specialist have taught me that the language which comes naturally for caregivers such as; help, support, caregiving and nursing care are often the words that break the “sale”. Often, for the person receiving care, these words indicate that somebody believes they are no longer capable and are somehow in need of services and support. Naturally the care-receiver is going to pull back and argue in their own defense; “I’m fine and don’t need that kind of place.”
Quite often, as caregivers, it is our own attitudes and fears that become those of the care receiver. Get your own questions answered first; schedule an appointment to have a tour, meet with our staff and learn more about our community.
The power of our program is in the diverse community coming together on a regular basis with kindness and respect for each individual.
Paradoxically when we stop trying so hard to make the “sale” and instead pave the way for the care-receiver to come into our community for free lunch and time with our community the barriers we may have anticipated rather miraculously disappear.