Your Proactive Caregiver Advocate: Dr. Cynthia Speaks! | by Dr. Cynthia J. Hickman | Jan, 2022

Topic: Defining madness – a new year with the same challenges

Have you heard that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result?

We did it! Welcome to 2022. If you’re like me, most people don’t mind kissing 2021 bye bye. Thankful that God gave us another year’s presence. We’ve been through a lot, and for many caregivers, the New Year has brought the same challenges that require us to navigate the role. We have been challenged in 2021 and the challenge will continue in 2022. The question becomes…What have we learned to reduce our crazy behaviors to help us prepare to care for our loved ones? Will you ask for help?

as Proactive attorney for your caregiverI’m here to help you get through the seasons of caregiver disaster. We should always learn from our past actions, and our previous encounters should improve our actions and behaviors. Stress is a killer on several fronts, both mentally and physically, and if not managed, problems will soon develop. Now, we know that just because the numbers on the calendar change, it doesn’t change the needs of the care recipient. Recurring challenges to caregiving are often rooted in the same reactive behaviour. If we ignore or suppress the steps we need to take, by not paying attention or being aware of the many duties that require preparation during the day of caregiving…insanity is guaranteed. What did you learn from your caregiving journey in 2021? These are the things I hope you have learned from me.

Proactive measures in care delivery

· You should anticipate today’s event on the caregiver’s journey. Preparedness is key, not only in caregivers but in all walks of life.

Sometimes you have no control over the situation(result of illness or injury), but you can educate yourself to provide the best possible care.

Define and build your own support system. Learn the talents and talents of others to help in the field of caregivers.

Know the wishes of your loved one and make sure that the documents are in one place for easy access when needed.

Caregivers will always be a part of the community. What happens in the caregiver’s field will happen, but how we interact and respond determines whether we have learned anything over the past year. The more proactively you participate, the less stressed you are. Every day should be a day to improve, be different, but most of all, be proactive!

Compassionate care, love and security should always be your goal.

Be safe! Be good!

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