During our show, Darren shared a terrific strategy: He assigned responsibilities to everyone on the team, including his dad. Darren instructed his dad to focus on doing his best in participating in therapy, making the most of the day, and following instructions from his health care team. Darren also knew that phone calls from the grandkids kept his dad’s spirits up so, in essence, he assigned a responsibility to his nieces and nephews to keep in touch with their grandfather.
I thought this was a great way to get past some of the chaos of caregiving–particularly a chaos caused when no one stays focused. At times, it can feel like everyone twirls like a tornado. With responsibilities, individuals can stay focused. And, reminding individuals of their responsibilities can help them keep the focus. The responsibilities can become an effective way to cope with the stress because it gives everyone (especially your caree) a purpose.
I’m curious: How do you assign responsibilities to your caree (if appropriate) and/or other family members? Please share in our comment section, below.
- Because We Need Help, Are We Burdens? (caregiving.com)
- What’s the Worst Caregiving Emotion? (caregiving.com)
- Moving from Worry and Guilt to Help (caregiving.com)
- What Will You Receive Today? (caregiving.com)
- End-of-Life Conversations Even After Life (caregiving.com)
- Caregiving and Your Career: What Do You Want? (caregiving.com)
- Working and Caregiving: Emotions in the Workplace (caregiving.com)
- A Caree Shares His Thoughts About End of Life (caregiving.com)
- The Future of Caregiving: A Community Care Squad? (caregiving.com)
- How Do You Manage Caregiving’s Slooooow Motion? (caregiving.com)