Solving problems is going to take up a lot of your time and energy as a caregiver. If you’re not careful, it will wear you completely out. Try these ideas for streamlining the process.
Make Sure You Fully Understand the Issue
So many of the situations you encounter as a caregiver are different from anything else you’ll face. Health issues, preventing future problems, dealing with maintenance concerns, and juggling nutritional needs are just a few of the issues you’ll deal with as a caregiver. You have to make sure that you have as full a grasp as possible of the situation facing your elderly family member so you can do a deep dive into solutions.
Give Yourself a Chance to Brainstorm
If you don’t use brainstorming often, it’s an excellent way to solve problems. You have to give yourself the opportunity to embrace all of the options, though. When you start to brainstorm, don’t critique the answers that pop up. Just write them all down. You’ll sort the wheat from the chaff later on when you have more time to compare possible solutions.
Run with an Answer
When you’re done brainstorming, it’s time to get picky. Look objectively at your list and cross off anything that definitely isn’t an option. Some of the answers might be outside your current budget or they don’t really exist. Others might be a little on the far-out side, but still possible. As you’re looking critically at your list, pick one of the answers. It doesn’t matter if it’s the best solution or if it’s “the” solution. Just pick one, because that’s what you’re going to try.
Did it Work?
You’ve picked a possible answer, so now it’s time to give it a real, honest try. Did it work? If it did, you managed to find a solution pretty quickly. If it didn’t work, you still have a big list from which to choose something else. You’ve already done the difficult step of brainstorming possible answers, so go back to that list. It’s also possible you’ve learned something new about the situation. You might decide to brainstorm again based on that new information.
When you can start to solve problems much more efficiently as a caregiver, you’ve got a leg up in almost every situation. There’s never a time when you’re not going to be solving situations for your elderly family member. When you can commit to an answer, you can move on to the next problem.
You can always seek assistance from elderly care providers to help you with the solution as well. Call a home care agency today.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care in Troy, MI, please contact the caring staff at Alliance Senior Care today. Call (248) 274-2170.
Alliance Senior Care provides all the services that a senior would need to remain in their own home, housekeeping, meal preparation, companionship, bathing, dressing, shopping, errands and transportation to activities, as well as care coordination and Geriatric Care Management Services. Alliance Senior Care has expertise in providing dementia care, Alzheimer's care, hospice care, identifying alternative financing solutions and care coordination. Alliance Senior Care has developed relationships with the largest Long Term Care Insurance companies in the industry including; John Hancock, Lincoln Financial, Bankers Life, CNA and others. Dina has a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Indiana University. She left her career in corporate Finance to start Alliance Senior Care with her husband, Brian. Dina has also had the very personal experience of caring for her own family members. She is an active member of the Aging Life Care Association.