Waiting can Seem Like Forever...Cater Because You Care

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Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

    We wrote a post yesterday about Caring Bridge...if you missed  it...you can click here. It is a free site where people are experiencing health/life challenges can write about their situations and let people know their condition..if visitors are welcome...a need they may have for transportation...etc. For the people who choose to use it, it is very comforting and keeps people informed without being intrusive at a time when they need good thoughts and can choose privacy if they wish. Whether or not this is what you may choose for yourself or a family member...it is likely you do know someone who can use this thoughtful place of comfort....please share it, bookmark it.

  caring The communications from the Caring Bridge site were more frequent yesterday as our friend had a double mastectomy.  As the family got reports, they shared them  with a messages on the site and everyone who signed up to receive them, was sent an email as they were posted. The surgery was a long one...hours and hours of waiting are very difficult for family and friends...we have as many people have...been there and done that...it seems like eternity between health reports from the operating room. Sometimes what is forgotten is that the care givers are also the ones who need care. These situations are a test of emotional and physical strength while the focuse is intent on the person most in need.

   If you ask caregivers what you can do...the answer is often..think good thoughts..offer prayers...and of course that is what anyone would do in times of need. Their focus is not on themselves...and many people are not the comfortable with asking for help. Here is a suggestion that is easy to do and soooo very much appreciated.

    Hospital food is ...well....hospital food...sometimes when a meal is brought to the room you cannot identify it by sight, smell or taste without the help of the menu.  Hospital cafeterias are often not much better and in some cases are not open the hours that they are needed by care givers and family members.

     Sooo...we deliver our own care package...OR in the absence of time, you can have one delivered. Our choice is always finger food....and snack size portions. No one wants a big lunch...more like a munch.  Silver dollar sandwiches, deviled eggs, cookies, fruit, veggies plate, cheese and crackers.  OR you may have a sub shop that  has a variety plate and some "in the hand" kind of sides...chips, cookies, cupcakes. A basket courtesy of the Dollar Store in the upper left of this picture is just the thing to make transport much easier, We "stock" an assortment of foil and plastic pans and platters that do not need to be returned...one less issue for people who need no more at this time.

    You know you know someone...or will...we promise...it's sooo appreciated...a phone call to the Sub Shop or a little extra shopping while you do your own...and show them you "cater because you care."

     This has been a caring suggestion post brought to you by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, Broker Associates with EXP Realty caring about real estate and more important...the people who live in it...in southeastern Wisconsin.#caterbecauseyoucare

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Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
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Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.  Simple.

Hey, that's in the Bible!

Jun 01, 2019 03:11 AM #2
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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What a wonderful idea - I like the finger food aspect also. Thanks for sharing.

Jun 01, 2019 03:18 AM #3
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Sally and David - you have provided a good service here.  I hadn't heard about caring bridge but I am book marking it and am sure I will help spread the word.  This is wonderful!

Jun 01, 2019 03:50 AM #4
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
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Good morning, Sally... my about to be 97 year old aunt fell and broke her femur two days ago... she's now in a rehab hospital in New Mexico... unfortunately, too far away for me to do much, except call and send cards and notes. Thankfully, one of her daughters lives with her and is there to help.

Jun 01, 2019 05:27 AM #5
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Michael Jacobs
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Good morning, Sally and David - it's a very kind gesture but being mindful of dietary restrictions or other orders may limit certain options so upfront preparation by asking permission on how to help if food or a meal is a part of your very helpful shopping list.

Jun 01, 2019 05:38 AM #6
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

We are very often "caterers" Michael Jacobs  and know the allergies.. don't likes...etc.  keep in mind this is for the familes not the patient...and usually there are few issues. We already have the menus for this family for dinners next week.

Jun 01, 2019 05:41 AM #7
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
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You may have another option Nina Hollander  that we have used on occasion...sometimes for people in the Rain...there are Grub Hubs etc. that usually have lengthy lists and a huge variety of menus from salads to piza or sandwiches...vegan etc. and you can choose to have them deliver meals.

Jun 01, 2019 05:45 AM #8
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Sally. What a wonderful idea. Never had any good hospital food. Enjoy your day!

Jun 01, 2019 05:55 AM #9
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is so wonderful.  When people aren't doing well healthwise, it is difficult to cook, so when someone brings over food, it is always appreciated.

Jun 01, 2019 06:27 AM #10
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Good Job,  I agree with hospital food, but I really can not say that because I have never been a patient in a hospital knock on wood.

 

Jun 01, 2019 08:18 AM #11
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
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Sally and David- what a very thoughtful post!  And I love that you include foil and containers so that the families will not have to wonder what to do with it. 

Jun 01, 2019 05:24 PM #12
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Kathy Streib
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                                    Thank you, Sally and David. 

Jun 01, 2019 06:35 PM #13
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
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Good morning again Sally. This is a wonderful and caring thing to do. I hope your friend recovers fully and well.

Jun 02, 2019 04:56 AM #14
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Sally K. & David L. Hanson ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week as I missed it. Caring Bridge is a wonderful site to help keep family and friends informed when a friend or loved one is going through an illness. Your thoughtful idea of bringing food to the hospital is one that is most appreciated. During one of Geno's longer stays in the hospital a colleague and friend brought in a big tray of small sandwiches, cookies and fruit for the family that was coming in and out. It was really thoughtful and appreciated.

Jun 02, 2019 06:21 AM #15
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Caring Bridge can use contributions.. to maintain their site and spread the word for those who to experience the comfort this brings to many families. Here is their link.

Jun 02, 2019 06:30 AM #16
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
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What a fabulous idea - so happy you shared this with us. I have followed people's health issues through Caring Bridge and make contributions to the site. As Dorie mentions, providing snacks for family members is a great idea too...always a stressful time, and chances are missed meals when they visit a loved one. 

Jun 02, 2019 07:20 AM #17
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

In our "too much experience"  Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  the last person you take care of is yourself when you are the caregiver...to "stay strong" you have to have good food and rest.

 

Jun 02, 2019 07:50 AM #18
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

The visit and the caring attention will always be meaningful.

A nice snack is a lovely bonus.

Jun 02, 2019 08:54 AM #19
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Nice, caring touch, very empathetic of you and I am sure it is very well appreciated by those on the receiving end.

Jun 03, 2019 07:53 AM #20
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Hi Sally and David:

I've not heard of the Caring Bridge - will check it out. Thank you for the ideas!

Jeff

Jun 05, 2019 05:26 PM #21
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