A career as a caregiver for seniors is a rewarding experience. At the same time, it has high demands and expectations. You may feel like you got more on your plate than you can handle.
Depending on the situation, your role may require you to take your client to doctor’s appointments, prepare meals, and possibly also provide them with hands-on care with daily tasks like getting dressed, eating, and bathing. To manage all this, caregivers need a proactive strategy.
The following are 5 ideas to help caregivers in the Vancouver and surrounding areas create a viable, proactive strategy that will equip them to care for their clients:
1. Stay Organized
Staying organized is the key to being a successful caregiver. This involves creating a to-do list to keep track of all your tasks and appointments. One way you can do that is to create a calendar and schedule on Google Calendar. Google Calendar allows you to share all activities with other members of the care team, including family, so they are kept in the loop. Another way you could keep track of your to-do list is to create routine using Microsoft Excel or Google Forms. Post the to-do list in a visible area and check each task off as you complete them.
2. Stop Multitasking
Doing two or more tasks at once does not always lead to greater productivity. Studies show that people who jump from task to task end up wasting time because they have to redirect their focus each time. Not only are you spending more time on these tasks, but you are also not able to give your best effort, which results in poor quality service. Instead of multitasking, opt to pick one task, focus on getting it done to the best of your ability, and then check it off as being done.
3. Build in Extra Time
Desiring to be extra productive, we often jam pack as many tasks into our day as possible. In theory, this may look like a great strategy. In practice, it is not a productive approach as it adds to your stress levels. When you are on a tight schedule, there is no flexibility for delays or if something unexpected comes up. Rule of thumb: plan extra time for everything. That way you do not have to worry if something takes longer than expected.
4. Use Exercise as a Lifeline
Unfortunately, there is no cure-all in caregiver. However physical activity does come close. Exercise is an excellent remedy for some of the biggest complaints among caregivers—lack of energy, sleep woes, stress, pain, and depression. Even 15 to 20 minutes of activity most days is enough to make a difference for both you and your client (when applicable).
5. Seek Professional Development
Professional development is the key to success in the caregiver field. Your first point of contact should be your employer. Talk with them about your needs and the barriers you are experiencing and how they affect your work results. Your employer is very resourceful and will suggest support groups, non-profit organizations, and courses to further your learning. There is no barrier that cannot be broken!
“Time is the most valuable coin in your life. You and you alone will determine how that coin gets spent. Be careful that you do not let other people spend it for you.” Carl Sandburg
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