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Kelli Bradley

In my thirties, I was focused on my career, traveling, recently married, and beginning what I thought would be the rest of my life. But when my mom was first diagnosed with diabetes, all of that changed…

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Pets are such an important part of our families, but I was reminded today while chasing a stubborn poodle puppy for over an hour they need a tremendous amount of patience, time , and attention. Daisy has been housebound for the last two weeks recovering from surgery. Today was her coming out party.🐩🎉😜
Offering to take a neighbor’s dog for a walk is a simple act of kindnesses for all.💜
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Let me tell you about the day my in-home care company was fined $40,000.00. I almost didn't post this today because it is difficult to admit such oversight in your business, but it is essential to share what I learned so this does not happen to someone else.

The day I met with the investigator, I was terrified. When he walked in the door, I could feel the blood drain from my face. We talked for over two hours that day, and at the end of the conversation, he said, "Kelli, it is clear to me that you did not intentionally violate the rule, but unfortunately, we still need to review all of your schedules for the last eighteen months." My heart sank; I said," If there was a problem, why didn't the person call the office?" He responded by saying, " We encourage employees to contact the employer, but sometimes they refuse, and we end up here."

For the next six months, his team interviewed my office staff and caregivers to determine if there was a pattern of violations. They scoured through every schedule, reviewed all regulations, went over all of our hiring practices and employee files and communication. Imagine producing every data point for eighteen months, and the worst part was this was 100% preventable. If only we had run the reports and had processes in place to alert the team our software needed an update. Lesson learned; ignorance is not an excuse! If you are missing data in your business, embrace what you don't know. Put your fear aside and figure it out sooner rather than later! Having systems and keeping up to date on current rules and regulations is vital.

The fine was my penalty. I was fortunate there were no other violations. Don't let this happen to your business! I had worked so hard to build my business and serve my community, and this one mistake could have ended it all.
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Here is the thing about caregiving, as much as you try to stay positive and hope and pray for the best outcomes, there are times when it is hard, sad, and feels unfair. Why is this happening to my mom? Without getting into the nitty-gritty of my mom’s illness, at some point, I knew she was not going to get better. Then the guilt sets in; what can I do?

I learned that there were people in my life that needed to know the truth. I could not keep talking about her health in such a cerebral manner, pretending things would get better. I was outside of my own body, looking back in. I suppose it was a way to shield myself from the day-to-day trauma of her illness. It was pure hell, especially for my mom, because she knew she would not get better, but the will to live outweighed her ability to process the reality of what was happening. There was a feeling of rawness like an open wound, this is real-life stuff.

If any of this resonates with your day-to-day, my heart is with you. Life is so precious, so relish the moments you have with your family. If you are interested in learning more about The Devoted Daughter, you can go to the website or join my exclusive Facebook group, The Silver Lining.💜
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Today is #Nationalgandparentsday! I was one of the lucky ones who grew up with four grandparents. I always assumed that my parents would live a long healthy, and productive life. As a child, I had no reason to think otherwise, but that was not the case. I felt that the children in our family would enjoy their grandparents as we had. Assumptions are a slippery slope.

If you are one of the lucky ones, celebrate your grandparents today and every day; if you have grandchildren connect with them in any way possible. Time flies, and it is the one thing we can't get back. Hug your family & celebrate today!🎉💕🙏
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The old aphorism ascribed to the first-century Roman gourmand Apicius, “We eat first with our eyes,” still holds today. My mom was chronically ill; figuring out what sounded good to her and encouraging her to eat was not an easy task. Although she was leagally blind from diabetes, she could eke out just a peek of what was on the plate. If there was too much food, it turned her off. I used smaller plates and appealingly displayed the food. Adding garnish and sensory items would get the juices flowing.

Many older adults have dishware they have not used in years. With the holiday season upon us, it is a great time to unearth some of those dishes and glassware and put them to use. Often there are so many memories of years gone by, special celebrations, food, and fun! Using dishware from the past is a great way to connect with older adults through stories.

Mealtime should be a time of celebration. We all have to eat, so making it memorable by setting the table, turning off technology, and being present is a true gift you can offer an older adult.
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Have you heard Dr. Seuss's story The Zax? I often think about the takeaways from that book. The north going Zax and the south going Zax were unwilling to move out of their tracks. As time when on, progress happened around them, but the worst part was there was no end in sight. They could not empathize with the other person and make a move when they had the chance. As more and more changed around them, their ability to be flexible became more limited.

Have you found yourself in a similar situation? I know that aging and planning for your future or the future of your family may not be the most engaging topic. Maybe it is scary, and you don't know the answers. Perhaps it makes feel out of control, and then fear creeps in, and running away or distracting yourself seems like a better option, but I promise you that facing reality sooner rather than later will make these transitions much better. Pushing against your fear will not bring you the solution, and waiting too long may limit your options. It does not have to happen in a day. Taking small steps forward will make all the difference.
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