Attending the Miracle™
"Attending the Miracle" is a worldwide community of people and families who live with disabling conditions. Attending the Miracle is a positive resource, a focal point, and a forum. It is a powerful way for families and professionals to find inspiration and information; a network of people seeking recognition through expression of their extraordinary world views.
"Dwell in Wellness."
Dwellness™ is a support system that facilitates caregiving success for Habilitation Personal Care Attendants (HPCAs) and others who care for patients in need of personal and medical care at home. It brings every home healthcare task into the HPCA’s hands with finely granular descriptions of all personal and medical responsibilities as part of a comprehensive, individualized care process. Many of these tasks might be new to a PCA who trains to become an HPCA.
Dwellness offers a comfortable process for existing caregivers to provide details of the patient's care. With these data, Dwellness customizes, fully explains, and clearly illustrates the entire range of daily routines for accessibility, personal security, and clinical transparency at home. Dwellness helps provide for mutual well-being and growth of the patient and all caregivers.
Dwellness helps answer the home nursing shortage by equipping a traditional PCA to become an HPCA and perform essential medical procedures coordinated with personal cares for the patient at home.
"Once I find a solution to my problem, then I can offer a solution to others with similar needs."
My son is 23 years old and was born with a very rare, neuromuscular degenerative disease. He requires 24-hour awake care. He is an amazing person who is filled with a passion for life, music, spirituality, and personal involvement with people and activities. The quality of his personal life and medical care at home requires staff who have patience, a love of life, intellectual curiosity, creative problem-solving, personal awareness, and a knack for essential medical cares and clinical data.
|Care Duties – highlights
||Effective HPCA Qualities…
- Feed and hydrate through G-tube
- Dispense and administer medications via G-tube
- Give small sips of water and small tastes of certain foods
- Encourage play and social communication
- Assist exercise on certain equipment
- Perform home physical therapy and occupational therapy
- Perform standing and walking assistance
- Transfer into and out of chairs and bed
- Tend to bed comfort, safety, and mobility during sleep
- Use BiPAP while asleep
- Care for G-tube balloon, changing, and venting
- Perform various types of suctioning when needed
- Use nebulizer when awake and asleep
- Administer Intrapulmonary Percussive Ventilation (IPV)
- Toileting, showering, and grooming
- Use pulse oximeter and blood pressure cuff
- Care for the healthy home environment
- Organize and monitor supplies
- Experience with caregiving
- Intellectual curiosity
- Fun-loving nature
- Precision work
- Talented learning
- Upbeat, even with occasional challenges
- Physical abilities
- Clear written communication
- Knowledge of child development
- Powers of observation
- Emotional intelligence
- Analytic thinking
- Comfortable with medical terminology
- Basic knowledge of medical procedures
- Music appreciation
Minimum $17/hr plus benefits.
Flexible hours. Paid training. Non-smoking, healthy home environment.
(Oh, and free gourmet coffee! ;)
Philip Agustin Gonzales
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Attending the Miracle
Life may feel like a disaster sometimes; we seem stuck spiritually between the ancient times of miracles and the present, when it takes every ounce of effort to overcome adversity. We look at the time of miracles with doubt. We try to explain and rationalize miracles into an historical sense. What happened to the time when a holy man could just say the word and solve our problems? That may be our view of ancient miracles, like Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead... but is that all it took?
By Attending the Miracle, we can learn that miracles have always been a process that must involve us. Miracles are not magic tricks. Miracles take time and require great human effort, sometimes deep suffering, often a dizzying sense of confusion. In fact, there seem to be no miracles ever performed without pure human passion and hard labor. Most miracles are beyond what feels possible — certainly beyond what feels comfortable. Miracles require Profound Attention, a state of mind that we learn in the workshop titled "Light and Gravity". You must Attend the Miracle for your Miracle to become real. Immersed in doubt, fear, discomfort, pain, confusion, or ecstasy, you can still live passionately, intelligently, and generously by learning to Attend the Miracle that is in you and all around you.
"Attending the Miracle" offers a sequence of workshops, a network, and a forum for open communication that can help improve the lives of individuals and families, whatever share of worldly suffering and joy they may claim as their own.