2016: My holiday jingle with a new stanza added,
Please enjoy as intended, with a wink and a smile 🙂
T’was the fight before Christmas, when all families know,
It’s better to forgive than tell them to F. O.,
Mom probably liked you better, if memory serves,
So while I am a P.O.A., she will get what she deserves.
Come on siblings and get off your butts,
I need alittle help, ‘cause I really am going nuts,
I am pulled in many directions, with no time for my own,
Let’s hire an expert who we can speak with by phone.
This Plan will save time and money; and help us agree,
We can all care for Mom, in addition to me!
A Plan of Care will outline Mom’s needs,
Working together, we all will succeed.
All families are strange, of this I am sure,
Now where did we put Elder Caring’s brochure?
Some guidance is needed to keep mom from harm
‘Cause with caregiver burnout, I’ve nearly bought the farm
I won’t wait this time, I will call them right now
Professional counsellors will give me know- how.
I found it along with various papers
Advanced directives, wills, now finally some answers!
From my heart to yours, I only want the best
Glad to choose your Care Manager, over the rest!
Meeting a counsellor, has made it much easier
I now have perspective on how to proceed
Hiring a caregiver is just what I need!
Alittle respite will go a long way
Of keeping my sanity day after day.
Why did I wait? I really don’t know
We are living to 100 and there’s a long way to go
Having knowledge and resources makes it much easier
And learning when to say Yes and how to say NO!
Our government tells us, we should be aware
For those less fortunate, it may not be fair.
Our society is aging and we all will need care
Live with your children? A threat or a dare?
Dementia is scary, forgetting all we know
The best is to love but how can we let go?
I too am part of the boomers, still looking ahead
One needs to be positive, no point feeling dread
We’ve had the talk and filled out the Binder
Make sure your wishes are clear- just a reminder
What’s ahead for us all, we really don’t know
I hope to have the choice when it’s my time to go….
Planning ahead – my message is clear
Keep talking to your family and loving them dear
Happy holidays to you and enjoy your family! Thanks for reading.