When Have You Disrupted?

disruptYou are a disruptor.

Typically, disruption takes place from technology. I believe technology will impact our health care industry. It’s a group of individuals–like you–who will transform it.

Because of your role in your caree’s care, you disrupt the health care system because you become the provider. You are as valuable in the health care industry as the doctors and nurses, as the hospitals, home care agencies, long-term care facilities. You provide a great value to the industry; your economic value is, at last count, $450 billion. You are the provider, regardless of where your caree lives. You provide what’s needed, through the care you oversee and provide and because you hire the right team, find the right facility and demand the right care.

The delivery of health care starts with you, continues because of you, and ends with you. Without you, our health care system couldn’t afford to continue.

We’ve formed a Disrupt group to share how you disrupt–for yourself, for your caree and for other family caregivers. And, oh, my, are you sharing Caregiving.com flyers wherever you go in your community.

On a regular basis, I ask you to share recent updates about how you’ve disrupted. How you disrupt inspires others to do the same.

So, I’d love to know: When have you recently disrupted? When have you fought for better and won? When have you worked your way and around and through the system to get what you need? When have you told you caregiving story so that it educates and advocates? When have you staged a sit-in to get what you need?

Please share a recent way you’ve disrupted in our comments section, below.


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Jul 3, 2013

Every time I ask a question of a doctor, I disrupt. Every time I express an opinion, or God forbid, question a doctor’s decision or diagnosis, I disrupt. Every time I remove my mother from the care of an uncaring or incompetent doctor, I disrupt.

I used to feel bad about this. Didn’t want to make waves (as my mother calls it), didn’t want to rock the boat…. didn’t want to be perceived as a paranoid, insecure, OCD-driven person who just can’t be satisfied with the status quo. But I don’t feel like that anymore.

Why should I? I know my stuff. I research my mother’s diseases. I learn about symptoms and treatments and outcomes. I know the meds and their side effects. I am not intimidated by white coats. I know medical terminology and I’m not afraid to use it. My documentation and record-keeping is flawless.

Most importantly, I know my mother. I live with her. I care for her 24/7. I’m the one there with her 24/7, observing her symptoms and making decisions based on real-time circumstances, not the doctors. Whether they care to acknowledge it or not, I am an integral part of her healthcare “team” and I will not be relegated to the sidelines.

I can, and do, and will disrupt, if that’s what it takes to give my mother every advantage in terms of her health and quality of life.