Being disorganized as a caregiver isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does make your overall job as a caregiver so much more difficult than it has to be. These tips can help you to get a little more organized so that you can start to see some of the benefit.
Consider a Large Whiteboard
Whiteboards are handy because they’re extremely visual and you can hang them just about anywhere. You can write on them, erase everything, and start all over again. With the fast-paced and changing demands of being a caregiver, you want something that you can change on the fly. Take a picture and you can have your whiteboard with you while you are on the go.
Use a Calendar of Some Sort
You might think that you’ll remember all of your appointments as well as those of your aging family member. At first, that might even be true. Eventually, though, your brain is going to get so bogged down with details that you’re not going to be able to keep it all in your head. Don’t force yourself to do that. Find a calendar of some sort and then start using it.
Keep a Notebook
For the same reason, you’re going to want to start keeping a notebook. You’ll have a space in which to jot down anything that you need to remember or that you want to ask your senior’s doctor about later. Some caregivers find that using a planner system that is a combination of notebook and calendar is the best answer because they only have to carry the one item.
Find a Filing System that Works for You
Being a caregiver involves keeping up with a lot of different paperwork. If you don’t figure out a filing system for all that paper, it’s going to get overwhelming quickly. Some people find that a filing cabinet works best, while others like the portability of an accordion file. The point is for you to figure out what will work best for you so that you can contain the paperwork and then find it again later when you need it.
When you’re as organized as you can be as a caregiver, that’s going to help you to feel and to be calmer overall. Much of caregiver stress is related to feeling unprepared and unable to deal with the situations at hand. Organization doesn’t fix everything, of course, but it can sure help you to cope.
Excerpt: If you let it, caregiving can make you feel as if you’re a disorganized mess. But you don’t have to feel that way.
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Doc, as he is called by everyone - staff, patients and clients - first experienced home health care and hospice care while as a colleg student at King's College as he cared for his mother every day while she first battled COPD and then lung cancer. It was during this time that he came to understand that caring for a patient was more than just clinical expertise.
"Admittedly, my strongest attribute is my communication skills and the simple fact that I love to help people. Even the smallest thing you can do for someone really can mean so much to them long term. In fact, it could change them forever. That's what providing quality personal home health care should be all about."
In his spare time, he cooks for homeless shelters and children's music and arts events. He also is highly involved in his local youth sports soccer academy as a coach and Board member.
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