Obesity – Activation

Obesity – Activation

Congratulations on your decision to become an active participant in the field of Obesity.  In making this decision, you are required to turn your Awakening feelings into action; in the form of an agreed Action Plan.   A Plan to which you commit to follow, as far as is humanly possible.  Say making an initial commitment to one hour per week between the hours of 3-6pm on a specific problem area of your choice.  

In making this commitment, there are 5 identifiable realms in which you can choose to participate:-

  1. Independently, undertaking your own Self-Help, as suggested by Yourself Helper
  2. As a casual Volunteer in Aged Care, helping others
  3. As an elderly/disabled Person in Need of casual Volunteer carer support
  4. As a Subject Matter Expert (SME) Volunteer to support the Website content in the field of Obesity – please blog me accordingly
  5. As an Administrator of Volunteers & Initiatives committed to the Obesity – please blog me accordingly

What was your specific participation decision?

  1. Activation for Self-Help

There are several scenarios for self-help in the field of Obesity:-

  • An aged/disabled person living alone seeking ways and means to addressing issues like boredom, loneliness, anxiety, depression, being unfulfilled, not listened to
  • An aged/disabled person living with a partner seeking ways and means to live a good life making the most of their time together
  • A Carer of aged/disabled person needing to look after themselves in managing their associated stress and being worn down, some respite

Kindness and respect for others in our community are the hallmark of a life lived well; a constant in all scenarios.   Having chosen the Self-Help realm of aged/disabled health care, you should now feeling more confident that you are capable of making the necessary changes in your life via self-help.  This is the ideal point to start from and eventually return to – a state of independence.   Not needing external help from anyone or an organisation but being able and keen to consider ideas for helping yourself is most effective way to live a good life through increased engagement within your community; be it through relationships within your community, working on community initiatives or even online.  The foremost important thing to realise is that YOU need to take the initiative in considering the various options available to you by drawing up an Action Plan designed to maximise the extent of self-help you can bring to bear on now issues being faced by many of our elderly/disabled. Situations often beyond your control.   Situations like simply growing old, being disabled, having a crisis arise in your life.

The reality is that each and every scenario is unique, because either parties (be they helper or in need of help) are unique in themselves.  All that is done here is to present a few typical scenarios to illustrate the versatility of the solution approach.   

Again it’s not where you live necessarily that’s important but how you live within your community and  the resultant decisions made that makes all the difference. The process of making a decision is far more important than the decision itself.  It’s the journey not the arrival that’s important.  Besides, no-one knows the extent of your own capabilities and potential for goodness better than yourself.

The answers to most of your now issues and challenges are to be found within the communities we rely upon so heavily.   The deepest quandary is that we are both an individual (with an independent sense of personal identity) as well as a member of social groups (with a strong sense of social identity).  Finding this balance across our own independence and interdependence is key.  These two sides of our nature often seem to be in conflict.   The clues to obtaining a better balance can be found in the answer you provide to two simple questions in our awareness session:-

  • Who am I? Diarise, as these may well change over time.
  • Who are we? Diarise, as these will change over time.

Finding how to seek security in being better woven into the social fabric around you is at the core of the second question.  The (Who are we) answer diarised becomes central to the solution(s) to your own aged care and disability challenges.  Assuming we are looking after ourselves as best we can (Who am I) given our circumstances, the next logical step is to establish greater interdependence with our local neighbourhood; where we are most likely to share common space, facilities and infrastructure in supporting any gaps in our current life. Local neighbourhoods are where we bump into other people and where we find our destiny as social beings.  It’s the natural extension to our independent self.   Each identity (independence & interdependence) is better served when they serve each other; growing in independence and in interdependence – a fuller life, a good life.

Places like libraries, clubs, churches, schools, hairdresser, sporting events, cafes, bookshops, any place where other people tend to congregate and hang out.  Start by diarising what you know to be your strengths, special interest and the known gaps in your now life (SWOT – strengths, weaknesses, opportunities & threats). Begin by focusing upon the opportunities – opportunities for becoming connected with other people in possibly similar situations to yourself.  Those who are engaged in various forms of social relationship groups. Somethings we already know would probably fill some gaps (like joining a reading club, or men’s shed, interest tours, etc.).   Other things we already know we don’t like, like events involving noisy children or dance classes.   The important and most likely best gap fillers are those you have never been exposed to before (genealogy, charitable works, archaeology, theology, etc.).  It is critical to be open to all possibilities, for herein lies the most likely “nuggets” of your self-help problem solutions.

  1. Activation of a Volunteer in Aged Care

If you have been awakened to be a future “Carer” you will most likely be inclined towards providing support for a family member, a partner, friend or a person identified as authentically needing care support.   Depending upon the extent of commitment and the state of the person in need of care, caring can be rewarding but stressful and even tiring.   If you desire to be a paid as a full-time Carer, there are government departments available who provide “Carer Support” – www.nscchealth.nsw.gov.au.gov.au/carer support/about/us.

The Volunteer carer role supported by the Yourself Helper website is for casual carer support for elderly/disabled who have identified themselves (to Yourself Helper) as a Person in Need with an authenticated request for casual volunteer carer support.   Below is a list of some of the typical requests which might be authenticated:-

  • Reading a book to an elderly/disabled person with sight issues
  • Taking an elderly/disabled person for a walk in their wheel-chair
  • Engaging in conversations about each other and life’s experiences
  • Providing temporary relief for a full-time paid Carer to provide them with the opportunity for respite (a lunch/dinner break).
  • Teaching how to use a computer (for emailing family and friends)
  • Simply visiting for morning or afternoon tea & a chat
  • Joining in a mutual interest or game (cards, crosswords, history)
  • Help assess additional needs for further community services
  • Keeping a person company to make for a happier, good life (for both parties)

To become authenticated as a Volunteer in Aged Care, the user is required to “register” with Yourself Helper.  A Manager in Aged Care would authenticate your registration before “activating” your offer to work as a volunteer in health care.   If your offer to act as a Volunteer was prompted from the sighting of a registered Person in Need of Aged Care support, once authenticated you are empowered to make contact with those elderly/disabled listed as authentic persons seeking support from someone like yourself.  The prime decision makers is the Person in Need, naturally.   However, you are encouraged to sell you capabilities to your favoured Persons in Need as part of growing both parties comfort in the process and assurances before an agreed Action Plan is complete.   

The authentication process would also ensure the person making the request for carer support has the capacity to make such decisions.   If not a “person responsible” for them would have also been authenticated as supporting and they would be best placed to decide whether to accept your offer of support.  Such authenticators could be the person’s doctor, guardian, spouse, Carer or close friend, etc.  The authentication process can be a simple or as complicated as it needs to be to assure the connection.

The role of the Yourself Helper website is connecting the necessary parties together (“Person in Need”, potentially “Person Responsible” for the “Person in Need” and the “Volunteer” as a casual carer).   Once connected, the mandatory sign of commitment by all involved parties is an agreed Action Plan.

Action Plan

An Action Plan could be as simple as a commitment for the Volunteer to undertake a visitation for one hour per week, on a nominated day at a nominated starting time, together with a list of the likely activities involved.   As with all such arrangement, it would probably start with a trial period, say 1 month, followed by a commitment to continue for 6 months, making allowances for any times when either of the parties is known to be unavailable.  It would only ever take one party to terminate an established Action Plan.

A simple entry in each parties’ diary would align the Action Plan together.   In some cases an elderly person may have two such volunteers active.   Similarly, the volunteer may have time to undertake multiple visits to either the one elderly person or multiple.    The simpler the committed Action Plan the better.   The more complicated, the more likely the connection could be broken.

  1. Activation of a “Person in Need” of Volunteer for Aged Care

As a future “Person in Need” of volunteer Carer support you will be assigned a “Volunteer” already authenticated as being capable of providing certain viable aspects of casual Aged/Disability Care.   Depending upon the extent of commitment and the state of the Person in Need of care, it may be that paid or full-time professional Carer is required.   In which case, there are government departments available who provide “Carer Support” – www.nscchealth.nsw.gov.au.gov.au/carer support/about/us.

Below is a list of some of the typical casual services your authenticated Volunteer might be capable of providing for you:-

  • Reading a book to an elderly person with sight issues
  • Taking a disabled person for a walk in their wheel-chair
  • Providing temporary relief for a full-time paid Carer to provide them with the opportunity for respite (a lunch/dinner break).
  • Teaching how to use a computer (for emailing family and friends)
  • Simply visiting for morning or afternoon tea & a chat
  • Joining in a mutual interest or game (cards, crosswords, history)
  • Help assess additional needs for further community services
  • Assist in facilitating more home visitations from carers (doctors, physios, pharmacies, specialists, cleaners, charities, family, friends, neighbours, etc.)
  • Keeping a person company to make for a happier, good life (for both parties)

One of the prime mechanisms you have for selecting a Volunteer in Aged Care is from their review list.  After an agreed Action Plan is complete by a Volunteer and Person in Need, each writes a “Review” of the other.   These reviews serve as both a learning growing mechanism and a means of enriching the decision making process.

To become authenticated as an elderly/disabled Person in Need for Aged Care, the user requester is required to “register” with Yourself Helper.  A Manager in Aged Care would authenticate the registration before “activating” the request.   If the Person in Need was prompted from the sighting of a registered Volunteer in Aged Care support, after activating the request, the Person in Need could contact the Volunteer in the knowledge that they have already been authenticated.  

The authentication process would ensure the person making the request for carer support has the capacity to make such decisions or in the case of a “person responsible” for them that they have also authenticated the request and would also authenticate the appropriateness of the volunteer carer being sought.  Such authenticators could be the person’s doctor, guardian, spouse, Carer or close friend, etc.  The authentication process can be a simple or as complicated as it needs to be.

The role of the Yourself Helper website is connecting the necessary parties together (“Person in Need”, potentially “Person Responsible” for the “Person in Need” and the “Volunteer” as a casual carer).   Once connected, the mandatory sign of commitment by all involved parties is an agreed Action Plan (as discussed above).

The next step (“Accountability”) applies to all connected parties asking the questions:-

  • Volunteer: “Is the Person in Need responding positively to my contributions to the Aged/Disability health care I’m providing?”. “Do I feel my capabilities are appropriate for what is needed as a casual Carer for this Person with an authenticated Need?”  “Is my role complete and the Person in Need is now capable of continuing in a Self-Help capacity?”.  If the answers are in the affirmative, then the decision to continue is up to the Volunteer.   If, however, the answers are in the negative, then either an alternative Carer may be called for or else an alternative Person in Need may be warranted.  Based upon the concluding review, it may be that you are not suited to this style of Volunteer work?  
  • Person in Need “Is the Volunteer supporting me in the way we agreed?”. “Do I feel my needs are within the capabilities of the Volunteer?”  If the answers are in the affirmative, then the decision to continue is up to the Person in Need or even the decision to continue in Self-Help mode would be the best outcome possible.   If, however, the answers are in the negative, then either an alternative Volunteer Carer may be called for or else the expectations of the carer may be too high.

By clicking on the “Accountablity” button, you will be invited to consider whether continuing with this strategy is the correct approach to addressing the original problem or whether an alternative strategy is called for.   After having had some experience aimed at addressing the initial challenge, both parties become better informed to hopefully make an agreed decision as to how best both move forward, be it together with the same strategy or with alternative partners in a new strategy.

  1. Subject Matter Expert (SME) Volunteer – please blog me with your resume of specialisation in Health Care.  As you have already discovered, I’m no expert in Health Care for the Elderly or the Disabled. L would welcome your participation as an SME to either enrich and better authenticate this content or better still to take upon total ownership of this field of the proposed new Social Care Model
  1. Program or Project Manager of Volunteers & Projects – please blog me with your resume in Program/Project Management. As you have already discovered, I’m no expert in Health Care for the Elderly or the Disabled, but I do have some experience in Program/Project Management.  One of the best ways to grow this predominately on-line capability would be to start as a Health Care Volunteer.  “Walking the Talk” is one of the best forms of Management experience for Managing Others.   After some experience, you will be far better placed to take upon the role of either a Project Manager of  specific initiatives (Care for the Disabled in your suburb – defined by participation numbers) operating within your demographic or larger Programs potentially involving many projects across a broader spectrum (the Aged Care solution contribution made possible by modern technology).

Click the “Obesity” Accountability button below to monitor and track your progress

  Obesity – Accountability

 

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