Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – How to be an Effective Caregiver
While being a caregiver for a loved one comes with a multitude of responsibilities, worries and frustrations, the rewards of improving the quality of their life can bring happiness and satisfaction as well.
Here are a few ways to be an effective caregiver to someone your love:
1. Take a Proactive Approach
Caring for an elderly parent can be stressful if you fail to plan. By planning ahead and taking initiative, you can avoid the stress that comes with work/life responsibilities.
2. Begin with the End in Mind
Evaluate what’s important to your life, and if family is most important then devote the resources of time, energy and talent to that end. Help your aging parent plan for their future.
3. Put First Things First
Work with your family on a daily and weekly basis in planning goals, appointments, and obligations. Organize all information as a means to focus and plan the goals.
4. Think Win/Win
Instead of looking to caring for your kids and elderly parents as a source of stress, approach it with a positive mindset. Your positive attitude will rub off on family members, and in turn, they will feel loved and important.
5. Seek First to Understand and Then Be Understood
Covey teaches the idea of mutual understanding between people, and this can certainly apply with Grandma and children. Be empathetic when they express their differences and concerns.
Come up with creative ways to get all family members involved. Perhaps your teenager can play a board game with Grandma while Mom can make dinner.
7. Sharpen the Saw
There’s much to be said for balance, and thus a family caregiver must take strides to take care of his or herself. Be sure to renew yourself in all facets of your life, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and keep on giving.
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