It was a beautiful 4 color pamphlet with an explanation of all the services they provide. They provided a helpful list of questions to ask to help determine whether or not you needed the services they provided.
As I read through this list, I realized how many of these applied to teenagers.
Teenagers want their independence in the worst way. Older people who need help will do anything to maintain their independence. It struck me that maybe teenagers need more help than we give them.
These were some of the questions they posed:
- Has there been a recent emotional or medical crisis?
- Does the individual bathe less often or not at all?
- Are pills left over or running out too soon?
- Does the individual need help walking?
- is he/she verbally or physically abusive?
- is he/she becoming more forgetful?
"I forgot it was my turn to empty the dishwasher!"
"You didn't TELL me that I had to do my laundry!"
- Have there been recent falls?
- Is your loved one having problems sleeping?
- Has there been recent weight loss?
- is his/her hearing or vision affecting the ability to function?
"I didn't SEE the garbage all over the kitchen floor from the dog knocking over the can!"
- if he/she smokes, are there burn marks on clothes or bedsheets?
- is your loved one able to do errands alone?
- is clothing being changed daily?
- are there scorch marks on the pot holders or dish towels?
- are there signs of burnt pans on the stove?
- Is routine house cleaning not being done?
- Have social activities stopped or diminished?
- When is cocktail hour in this place?
- Did I really sign up for this?
- What was I thinking?
I deserve my portion of the Halloween candy. It's a parenting tax.