You might not think that there is a connection between Martin Luther King, Jr. and home care services, but in a way there is. January 20th is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year and that means it’s a good time to consider the link between the message that he spread and the elderly who require some level of in home health care services.
While Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. marched for Civil Rights and the end of racism in America, and around the world, his message was actually more universal than what history leads us to believe. He spoke about judging people for their character, for the content of that character rather than the color of their skin. During that famous speech on the National Mall where he spoke about the dream that he had, he longed for a day when his children would be measured on the content of their character, rather than the color of their skin.
In other words, he longed for a world where people were judged by the person they are, rather than their physical appearance or capabilities. Now, when you think about it in terms like that, what is one thing that many of us are guilty of when it comes to elderly strangers whom we see driving or walking down the mall slowly with the aid of a walker? We might assume that they can’t do certain things that they are beyond able to take care of themselves or make their own decisions.
In other words, we make assumptions about them based on their age and physical abilities. Yet they are people with feelings, hopes, and yes, dreams. People of all age have goals and things that they may want to try or do or accomplish in their life. They may wish to see certain sights, visit certain people, or try certain hobbies.
Yet when they require home care services, all too often it’s easy to think that we know what’s best for them. We have a tendency to step in and tell them what we think they should do, or we decide on hiring home health care services for them, rather than with them.
Respect is an important component of any relationship and when you judge a person, whether it’s your loved one or a stranger, based on his or her appearance, and then you’re making the same mistakes that many people, like Martin Luther King, Jr. fought against. This year, take a step back and consider what the elderly individual is feeling before you begin to judge them.
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