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On the last track we discussed mastering the dynamics of anger. Five techniques for mastering the dynamics of anger are use visualization, talk to yourself and translate the meaning, be empathetic, not defensive, do not allow abuse and using anger to fuel energy in a positive direction
On this track we will discuss time management for the caregiver. Would you agree that an important part of taking care of yourself and your family is managing your time efficiently? In my practice, I implement six interventions that can help foster productive time management. These six interventions are the daily to-do list, direct delegation, familial delegation, Avoiding the Supercaregiver Trap, research services and scheduling phone time.
6 Interventions for Time Management
#1 The Daily To Do List
#2 Direct Delegation
I stated, “If you hate to do something, find someone else to do it. If family or friends won’t help, then call United Way and ask which of their agencies has volunteers. If no one can help, then hire a college or high school student for a nominal fee to do whatever you can delegate. Don’t be put off if the student doesn’t do the job as well as you would have. The goal is not to have everything completed perfectly, but to allow you to focus on the chores you have to do, the ones you enjoy, and the ones you do best.”
Think of your Felicity. Could a direct-delegation technique work for your client?
#3 Familial Delegation
If your client’s family doesn’t live nearby, perhaps he or she can hold the meeting by telephone conference. At the very least the family may be willing to send money to pay for someone else to do the services the patient needs. Family members can also help clients find resources by calling private or government agencies. They can gather information and send the client brochures and forms.
Too often adult children like Cathy who become caregivers take on more than they can handle, trying to maintain their own lives as well as their parents. When Paula had to move in with Rick and Cathy, Paula become the focus of Cathy’s life, at the expense of Rick and the couple’s children. When Cathy made it apparent that her role as Paula’s caregiver was hurting her family,
Think of your Cathy. Could familial delegation benefit your client? Perhaps Avoiding the Supercaregiver Trap might also benefit your Cathy.
Technique: Avoiding the Supercaregiver Trap
5 Questions to Avoid the Supercaregiver Trap
Would you agree that delegating can be essential to a client’s well-being, to relationship with the patient, and to the patient’s feelings? I find that if the client’s loved one senses that he or she is overburdened, the patient may feel guilty, angry, or sad, or she may stop telling the client what her needs are so as not to burden the client further. What Paula and most other patients want is an open, caring relationship. I stated to Cathy, “To achieve this, you may have to reevaluate how you are caring for her. Have a discussion with her about how she perceives you as a caregiver.”
#4 Research Services
Once the doctor has decided on a treatment for Paula, Cathy called the insurance company to inquire about coverage and completing those forms. Cathy stated, “I was able to explain what services I thought mom would be needing, such as equipment or home health services. Then I ask the insurance company to go ahead and send the forms, so I wouldn’t have to fill them out during a crisis.”
#5 Scheduling Phone Time
Finally, you might encourage clients not to waste time questioning their decisions. Do you agree that once clients make decisions, they are best let go? Under these conditions it’s easy for clients to be hard on themselves.
On this track we have discussed time management techniques. In my practice, I implement six interventions that can help foster productive time management. These six interventions are the daily to-do list, direct delegation, familial delegation, Avoiding the Supercaregiver Trap, research services and scheduling phone time.
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