The cliché is always the same: Children care for their parents, a brother cares for his sister, and a wife cares for her family. All of them have certain goals. Some do it for love, some shoulder the responsibilities, and for some, it is their way of life.
Then there are private-duty Caregivers’, the noblest souls filled with compassion to care. This trained and experienced group of care providers work for home care agencies. Their personal and professional goals depend upon several factors and may also change with time.
The world around us has changed due to the ongoing global pandemic. Due to this, a lot of things changed – that include goals too. A caregiver is a role that’s both challenging and rewarding while helping those in need of assistance for living their life in a meaningful, fulfilling way. Yet, for a professional care provider, it’s crucial to set goals based on personal and career-oriented aspirations.
If you’re a caregiver, now is the time to start thinking about how to level up your expertise as a caregiver. To help you achieve that, here are some aspects that you must consider as your goals for 2021:
When you find it is difficult to make the most of your current role, perhaps there is a better opportunity waiting around the corner. Think about what you’re missing out on. Try taking advantage of new training programs and learning opportunities. Sometimes it’s easier to take a course online than to travel for classes. Learning new skills online doesn’t require a lot of time or cash.
Pick the program that’s right for you and ask yourself:
- Which one would meet your needs – completely online or in-person or a mix of both learning program.
- Do the program and its curriculum based on career trends, thorough research, and industry standards.
- Are you interested in getting certified and will be able to meet state and federal compliance?
- What else can you pursue after this training? Caregiving specialty, understanding medical conditions, or anything that helps you to grow.
Before you commit to a new training program, make sure you ask the right questions. Determine if the training is for your specific goal and what kind of training program quality you can expect.
Learn to Say ‘NO’
Why are you so stressed out – arriving late at work, missing shifts, or is it the client’s behavior? Are you having trouble performing a particular task? Are you becoming short-tempered? Are your coworkers diminishing your excitement to work? Are you losing things at work? Are those post-care documentation and verification processes eating up your extra time?
Sometimes, it is just too much to handle and the best thing you can do – say NO! If you are feeling overwhelmed, you may have more than you can handle on your plate. Do not hesitate; saying ‘No’ with your reasons which will always be appreciated. Set priorities and let the rest slide until you can schedule them with your boss or family members. Ask for help from a coworker or friend, have a conversation about your questions, or make a phone call to figure out solutions.
Set a Dedicated Routine and Limit Your Overtime
Overtime can negatively impact any individual if they go beyond the standard 40-hour workweek. People are more likely to stay at the job when they know that they will be working as per their availability and convenience. Make it clear to your employers that you expect to work extra hours only at your discretion.
When you get home from work, it’s a good idea to take a break, even if it’s just an hour before going to bed. You may return to the office later, but for the time being, change from your work clothes and get ready for something other than work. No one should be expected to be available 24/7. Therefore, set a routine and specific time to receive or make calls.
You Need Support, Find it
Yes, caregiving is not easy. That’s why it’s so important to have others in your corner to provide you with a second opinion, share what you’re feeling when you’re overwhelmed, or listen through a heartbreak.
By leveraging the relationships we have in our lives, including our friendships, families, and significant others, you can truly have support to help you rise whenever you fall.
You can count on social media to connect with your support system wherever they are, whatever the context. Support is all about having a conversation and finding common ground through shared content.
Balancing Your Work and Private Life
As a caregiver, it can be arduous to delineate the tasks you do on your job versus the personal ones. At first glance, these two things may seem unrelated. However, both can be boiled down to the same idea — time management. When you don’t have adequate self-care, your personal development and functioning at home or work becomes affected, creating a greater need for you to be able to care for others.
Taking time off is a way to refresh and recharge, even if you’re not taking a vacation. If you do take a vacation, you’ll be happy you did! Taking time off helps you manage your work-life balance. It keeps you healthy and brings you closer to your family. Ultimately, its how much time you spend with your loved ones that strengthen your bond and make it so worthwhile.
Add Time for your Mental Health
Your 2021 goals should also include keeping up with sound mental health. With anxiety and stress at an all-time high, it’s important to maintain a calm head to move freely through the day. The more you understand mental health and its impact on all aspects of your life, the better equipped you’ll be to cope with it.
Everyone’s experience with mental health is unique, but there are some things you can do to improve your emotional well-being. Make time for hobbies or friends, take breaks from the office, join a meditation group, see a psychiatrist, or set goals for healthy eating and healthy living. The steps you take can also prove helpful in your caregiving profession.
When in Doubt, Always Ask
In your pursuit of caregiving as a career, make sure to reach out to people who are doing it successfully. There will be instances when you face dilemmas and seek answers to get through the ups and downs of your career path, the job search process, available opportunities, and more. Do not hesitate to ask. Look up to your mentor, colleagues, or even online platforms to connect with professionals who can help.
Let’s get prepared to pursue the goals you want to achieve in 2021.
Remember, if you want to be the best in your line of work, you need to start prioritizing the things that you wish to accomplish and create a better version of yourself.
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