Reach Far and Wide

My last blog post about geriatric consulting is one to reference in a less more formal call to action. Within the next month I will be doing research as to the plausibility of completing the circle of mental health care for elderly in long-term care facilities. I seek to obtain the perspective of every person effected by this gap in care. I wish to obtain the insight of nursing professionals, family members of residents, Certified Nurse’s Aide’s, and I will be speaking to long-term care facility administrators to present them the opportunity to provide services such as these to their residents.

A quick recap for those that have not been made aware; the mental health treatment of the elderly in long-term care facilities is provided at the suggestion of the overstaffed nurses to the psychiatrist/physician rather than a psychiatrist with a specific plan of action for progress including regular counseling which is a part of every treatment plan for adults under the care of a psychiatrist. In my three years as a CNA, working in four different facilities, not once did I ever see a psychiatrist personally evaluate a patient. Not once did I see a therapist/counselor come to the facility for an appointment for a patient, neither did I see a resident/patient transported away from the facility for this service. We have to ask why is there such a gap in the circle of mental health care for the elderly, and what can we do to remedy this?

I plan to work with psychiatrists and nursing home professionals to provide complete mental health care to residents/patients of long-term care facilities with one-on-one appointments. My goal being to provide educated evaluations to provide to the individual’s psychiatrist, as well as an opportunity for personal therapy which is sorely lacking for residents/patients no longer in their homes, under conditions they have very little control over, and potentially very little family near or available to be there when needed. I want to be that person to make the difference. For scheduled appointments, regular appointments, emergency appointments, or anything else that comes up to potentially be beneficial.

Please take the few seconds to share this information on any source you possibly can. It could literally change and potentially lengthen the lives of elderly loved ones. Link to my original business proposal below. Thank you!!


So I have this idea…

I have an idea in which my significant other believes is a plan to retire on rather than to try to implement in the here and now. I have been studying Buddhism. There are many different interpretations, but the most significant point is that there is not one single deity that is meant to be feared and respected in a way that causes us to follow them in any type of fashion or to follow direction or orders. Buddhism is all-inclusive for every single human, and it is not the “religion” so many people assume it to be. Regardless of skin color, sexual orientation, disability, or anything else that makes you “different” from the “normal” that society has established. It is focused on the NOW and connecting to the energy that is within everything.

Meditating clearly a huge part of Buddhism. Though, until you truly study meditation how can you possibly know it’s immense benefits? Most people (particularly millennials) have a difficult time achieving true meditation. This simply involves clearing your mind of every single thought and just experiencing your senses and the energy that surrounds us at all times. I can’t speak for anyone else, but this sounds like a simple task yet is truly not. I have been trying for weeks and have only reached it once and was so surprised that I bounced right back out of it.

It is so very important to release the troubles and struggles of our days if only for 15 minutes. After that point, there are so many other possibilities. I would love to speak with someone further in regard to meditation practices. This is not yet in my reach, and I have more research to do. But this is only the back story of my big idea!

I want to find a place (temple/facility) in which any human will be able to come for help without any possible fear. I want the basis and the stronghold to be in Buddhism and inclusiveness, but I also want to be able to use my Associate’s degree in Psychology to include consulting such as crisis management. I want people who are afraid of hospitals, or the police, or any other repercussions due to an acute or crisis event to be able to come to this place for assistance. I hope to be able to provide them all of the resources they need to properly address the issue and to assist them through the anguish in order to move forward in life. This could also include assistance within the community and connecting to resources as well.

I have no idea how this could potentially happen as I would have to find the location and the money, but as soon as I discovered Buddhism I knew I had to connect it to my goal of being some type of crisis counselor/consultant. Perhaps I will continue my degree in order to assist our organization even further. Either way, I do not feel as if this is an entirely unreasonable or irrational goal. I just want to help people, and I am absolutely certain that this is an excellent way for me to do this.

Regardless of the fact that I would be my own boss, be able to bring my pets to work every day, have the accommodations to deal with the daily pain, and to just help people to deal with the horrible events and experiences that life throws our way. I have started applying for grants. Which is great because now I’m not just researching Buddhism wasting time on my homework, I’m now researching donors and such that might potentially help me to make this happen. I have an eight-page paper due tomorrow that I ended up getting an extension on, apparently, to be able to spread the word on this.

I’ve never understood when someone said they had a “calling”. This has to be mine. Which in this life usually means it is going to be taken away from me because it makes me happy, so I hope you guys have some suggestions in which to implement my strategy better.

Peace, love, and good vibes as always ❤