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There Will Always be Room for Music

Imagine one day you decide to move into a retirement home, would you like to go to one that caters exclusively to people in your profession? Do you REALLY want to live with a house full of nurses? Accountants? Writers? … Continue reading

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From Cottonfields to Cornfields

There are two things I remember about the last time I saw my great-grandmother: She was a centenarian. She was still actively working in the fields. I was too young to find out how, when, and where she eventually died. … Continue reading

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“You Don’t Understand…”

Whether we are willing to admit it or not, our clients are probably right. The feeling of being misunderstood or that nobody understands (Note that these two are different!) is probably MUCH more common than we’d like to believe. In … Continue reading

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Low Maintenance

It’s been a year since one of our residents died. She’s not the first and definitely won’t be the last. Every single one of my clients has taught me something special but it’s my brief encounter with this individual that drove home the importance of paying … Continue reading

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“Mental Disability”

According to the World Health Organization, disability is a multifaceted concept that encompasses the interplay between personal attributes and environmental factors. Based on the social model, when appropriate modification and support is available, an individual with a different level of … Continue reading

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The Way Home

Disclaimer: It’s all fictional, based on my personal experience, imagination, and observation over the years. *** It wasn’t because Kayla was only five that she couldn’t understand her mother. Kayla thought that sometimes her mother simply wasn’t making much sense. … Continue reading

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Communication

We used to have a patient with a “trach.” The new case manager was annoyed that our patient refused to use the pen and paper he gave her to “talk” to him. He didn’t realize our patient was illiterate. A … Continue reading

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