In history, people who became caregiver were often hired help treated like maids. These days, whether you are caring for a loved one or doing this work as a profession there are support resources available to help you take care of the disabled, elderly or sick person in your life. Caregiving is never a simple task; a small slip could mean disaster or skipping medicine could lead to a seizure or physiological attack. It’s a delicate service that requires a lot of commitment.

In fact, in the professional caregiving industry, the turnover is around 70%; many people end up switching careers. This is due to the burnout and stresses that they experience as they handle their clients. However, with the right resources, like those offered by Caregiving Helping Hands there are many caregiver who can confidently say things worked and that their loved ones are better than ever.

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If you have recently become a caregiver or whether you have been caring for a loved one for a long time, then you need to understand the must-haves and must-dos to guarantee success. Success here basically means you being able to ensure comfort of you, your loved one and any other family members without compromising anything on your side. A care plan 101 is a tool caregivers utilize to ensure efficient service. The biggest objective is to meet the needs of your loved one as desired and when desired. The care plan helps you organize your tasks and tabulate them.

As a caregiver, you have to wear many hats. There have to be some boundaries. So, where should your focus go? The answer lies in establishing a care plan that will help you determine that. Your care plan will help you eliminate mistakes and boost efficiency. It’s the same plan used by successful professional caregivers.  It will help you delegate tasks to other family members and save some rest time, which is super important. So, what do you need to learn about care plans? Read on to discover.

Your team

Often more than one person can become involved, so a strategy has to be established to streamline their involvement.  Just bring on board the members closest to you and your loved one and discuss major tasks they are voluntary willing to offer. Other people including friends and neighbors neighbors will come later. This will eliminate confusion among members who want to do the same thing. The idea is to eliminate confusion and maximize effectiveness with a clear plan. As they say, lack of a plan is simply failure. Ensure that care plans are established as early as possible.

 Creating the template

Your care plan should be simple for the team to understand. Most importantly, it should be customized to meet the needs of the loved one. Top priority remains providing comfort for the sick or the elder. Just like the doctors do, you have to assess the situation to come up with all the needs to be attended to. With that, you can easily set the goals. Your goals should be realistic and achievable. Make sure you utilize available resources in order to delegate tasks to the right people. Before you enact the plan, revise it and see whether there are any flaws left out. While the plan remains, you should consider reevaluating it regularly. It’s the best practice for a successful caregiver.

 Professional Advice

The family members and friends probably know things you don’t. You will have to consult them when making care plan decisions. In some families, there is lack of cohesion and agreement as to how things should be handled.  This can be difficult, so getting help from a professional person or support community with other caregivers can be very helpful. Others have likely dealt with a wide range of caregiving mishaps and you can learn a tip or two on how to develop a care plan and how to make it work.

Problem solving skills

The burden of having to take care of a person is hard enough. You need developed skills to help deal with issues as, or before, they arise. You have to be ready to address new and recurring issues. Part of your care plan is a contingency plan. Make sure you identify existing problems and discuss possible solutions. Invent a strategy to deal with the problem in the future. Also, make sure you improvise just in case the problem gets worse. The essential thing is to be ready in the event such problems arise. Have phone numbers of services you might require including emergency based ones.

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Get realistic

Caregivers are humans too, which is why boundaries, self-care and support are all necessary. It is recommended that you include in the care plan only what you will be able to deliver comfortably. Trying to overstretch may come back to haunt you. You might experience fatigue, anxiety, stress and depression triggering immune and health problems. You will slowly burn out if you attempt to do what you can’t. Whether financially, emotionally or physically, stick to the realistic limits. Don’t feel guilty when you take some respite away from caregiving. Trust me, you need that often!

You also have to understand that you can’t do everything all by yourself. Make sure you utilize every resource that will make your journey easier, including asking for assistance from willing people.

Your attitude goes a long way to determine your level of success. When you have negative thoughts, tune into some positive thoughts or develop of “mirror mantra” that you repeat every time you look in the mirror.  This will go a long way to reducing stress.

You will need to understand your journey is difficult, but deeply satisfying. Taking care of a loved one is a gigantic service and shapes your life for years to come. Coming up with roadmaps in the form of care plan is the way to go.

Here is a suggested Survival Guide to get you started.