SELF-ADVOCACY IN ACTION FOR UNPAID FAMILY CARERS
Today, I want to talk about the many meetings we have with professionals on behalf of those we care for – and how we often leave the meeting feeling completely unheard!
Many professionals set the agenda for the meetings and pay little attention to us as lay people. They use jargon we may not understand and talk amongst themselves with little regard to the importance of the person who is the main carer being in attendance.
Does this resonate with you? How many meetings have you attended where you leave still not knowing what decisions have been made? Where you feel you have been largely ignored or allowed to speak only briefly?
I know from my own experience – before I learned the strategies I am going to share with you here – how I felt after leaving those meetings. I would then spend the rest of the evening replaying the meeting and wishing I had said this or that, it kept me from sleeping at times.
So, what would it feel like to be more in control at these meetings? To lead the proceedings, to hold people accountable and to enter the room absolutely knowing that you would be heard?
These are proven strategies that I have used with carers many times and they are simple to implement once you know what to do and how to carry yourself.