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Energizing Tip for 11-7-12

by Senior Care Society on 11/07/2012 - 11:44 am

Tags: Caregiver Advice, Energizing Tips in Bloom

As family caregivers and health and human services leaders...

 

It is vital that we and the people we support make our voices heard on this election day.  Voting is not necessarily convenient but is very important to ensure that your interests as a caregiver are preserved.


When supporting an individual who is aging or with disabilities to get to the polls, it can be exhausting and overwhelming.  Back in 2008, I supported my aging parents to get to the polls.  My frail mother was proud and did not want extra special treatment so we waited in a long line to vote.  After we returned to the car, my mother said that she was really tired and she was not sure it was worth voting anymore.  


A few weeks later, I took a trip to our local town hall and shared my mother's feelings with the town registrar.  The registrar said that this was no problem as she could put my mother on a list for those with limiting disabilities so she could get a mail in absentee ballot for every general and primary election going forward.  This was a wonderful service that allowed my mother to happily and easily vote in every election up until her death earlier this year.  Sometimes, we even took a drive to the town hall so she could deliver her ballot in person and enjoy a wonderful conversation with the town registrar, who was always pleased to see her.  These trips brought a warm smile to all of our faces.


Practice Tip:  As today is election day, it is too late to request such a service for your loved one or client.  To ease the voting process in the future, request an absentee ballot, vote early in person, or explore other possibilities with your local registrar or election board.  No matter what, keep participating as a full citizen and VOTE!

 

Bloom Coaching and Performance LLC is committed to providing customized, person centered coaching programs and services that can positively transform the lives of as many caregivers and caregiver support workers as possible.

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