I made a silly mistake yesterday afternoon and paid for it later with another night of disturbed sleep. One of my golden rules is to try to induct new carers by staying around and coaching them in their first few visits. As Mel my Admiral Nurse often says ‘she wouldn’t leave her cat with someone she didn’t know’. However, I was so determined to resolve the broken zip on Maureen’s favourite cardigan that I left my dear wife with an unknown quantity for well over an hour yesterday.
I realised my mistake when Maureen didn’t celebrate the result of my endeavours. When the carer left Maureen revealed all with; ‘she never stopped talking’. What I had done was totally unfair on both parties as is the behaviour of the Care Agency.
Our ‘Silly Mistake’, mine and the Care Agency’s, is a prime example of Fail To Plan: Plan To Fail. Carers are not magicians they need information and coaching when they are dealing with a new call. I’m hoping that the meeting that our social worker has agreed to convene with both of our Care Agencies (more on this later), will ensure that in future new staff are prepared before they visit. In future, I do not plan to leave Maureen with new kids on the block before they have been inducted!
Footnote: The one thing I did get right yesterday was calling off today’s day trip to Coventry as I’m worn out once again after another night with little sleep.