Our patient care skills are an important part of our overall quality of life and health. We know that when we don’t have the right skills, we can’t function at our best and we can’t provide the services we need to live a full and happy life.
But what is it that we need to function best and provide the most valuable services? The answer is that we need to be able to assess our own health objectively and to prioritize what we need to do to get back on track.
The patient care skills are usually a combination of medical knowledge, physical skills, and cognitive skills. Medical knowledge and physical skills are what we can do without, so there’s a big distinction between the two. Cognitive skills are what we can do with our knowledge, and they are the ones that we use in a certain way.
Cognitive skills are those things that help us think clearly about things that we cannot see. Think of the difference between saying “I think I need to go to the bathroom” and “I think I need to go to the bathroom that I am in the middle of,” or between saying “I think I need to go to the bathroom” and saying, “I think I need to go to the bathroom.
What cognitive skills do we have? I could go on and on about how people with those skills are not only more intelligent than the general public, but are smarter about how to keep themselves safe. Or that the skills developed during childhood can be applied to everyday life as we get older.
We all have some sort of cognitive skills that we can apply to being safe, even if they are not always the right ones. For example, my grandmother is a master at making sure we don’t fall down the stairs. If we had to do it our way, she’d be out of here. This skill is not something you can just pick up and then forget.
The point is that it is possible to develop these skills too early in life, or even never. But most people have to go through a lot of self-awareness to learn these skills. Because the brain doesn’t really become fully developed until we’re into our twenties.
There is a saying that goes “if you can’t teach a child how to walk, you shouldn’t be touching him with your hands”. Some children learn on their own, but most of these children need help when they really need it. And it is very common for children to be the ones who need help the most. But I think the point is that a lot of kids need help early on, and maybe only the really bad ones dont need help later.
So what is this? It’s a new treatment I’m developing for my children. I’m sure I’ll get around to telling the parents. I am also in the process of applying for a job as a physical therapist.
I am a physical therapist at a children’s hospital but I am also a caregiver for a couple of children and a teenager. I don’t really know how this fits in with the job at all, but I would absolutely love to work with kids in a medical setting.