The more organized you are as a caregiver, the easier it’s going to be to keep up with everything you have going on. Even if you haven’t been as organized as you’ve wanted to be this year, it’s not too late to make some changes.
Evaluate Your Current Planning Methods.
The first thing to do is to look at how you’re planning now. Are you a paper planner or do you prefer planning on your phone or tablet? You need to get an idea how your brain processes and uses information best so that you can understand what is working for you.
Do More of What’s Working and Less of What Isn’t.
When you’ve evaluated your systems, you can clearly start to see what works and what doesn’t work. You always want to do more of what works and less of what doesn’t, obviously. If you’re consistently forgetting to do certain things, then perhaps paper planning isn’t helpful and you would be better served with electronic reminders from your phone’s calendar.
Plan with Your Aging Adult.
It might feel better to you to just put plans in motion and let your senior know what she needs to know later, but that can backfire. It’s much better to involve your senior in plans, especially ones involving her, as much as possible. This helps her to avoid feeling left out of major decision-making, which can help her to feel more cooperative overall.
Tame that Paperwork.
There’s a lot of paperwork involved in being a caregiver. Your senior’s doctor may have a variety of forms that need completing, insurance companies often send and request tons of paperwork, and there are countless other examples. If you don’t work out a system for containing that paperwork it gets overwhelming quickly. One option is a big three-ring binder, but other people swear by accordion files.
Add One New Resource to Your Arsenal.
Even if you feel as if you have plenty of help, there are plenty of other resources to consider. You might have been considering hiring senior care providers, for example. Take another look at how they could free up time, energy, and help with organization for you. At the very least, senior care providers can help you to take uninterrupted time for yourself in which you can focus on organizing your caregiving experience.
When you can get even a little more organized as a caregiver, you can reap some serious benefits. The biggest is freeing up time and energy that you otherwise used to spend on sorting out your disorganization. Remember that you don’t have to do everything all at once, so don’t overwhelm yourself with changes.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Oakland, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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