Goals are a powerful force. They let you know what to focus on and what changes to make in order to improve all areas of your life, including your life as a caregiver.
Break Down Your Goals
Most of the goals that people make are really too large to be considered a goal. Take a look at what you want to achieve and examine whether it’s too large. For example, you might want to be healthier. That kind of goal covers a lot of ground. Look at whether you can focus on a specific metric, such as one of your test results from your last doctor’s appointment, and break that goal down into smaller ones.
Make Sure They’re Realistic
Once you have your goals, it’s time to look at how realistic it is that you can actually accomplish those goals. For example, if you want to lose 100 pounds, that’s entirely doable. But you might not be able to do in the time frame that you’re setting for yourself. That’s where being realistic comes in. Now you can break your goals down even further. For example, you might want to try losing 20 pounds in the next 6 months. You can set action steps for that which are reasonable.
Abandon Goals that No Longer Work for You
Just because you’ve got a set of goals, that doesn’t mean that you have to stick to them, no matter what. If those goals no longer work for you or they’re no longer realistic, you can change them or even let them go entirely. There’s no shame in altering your plans to meet your existing needs.
Focus Your Goals Around Making Your Life Easier as a Caregiver
When you’re a family caregiver, that’s your priority. Ultimately, the goals that you set right now should help you to be a better family caregiver with an easier caregiving journey. So your goals might include finding home care providers to help you when you need it, finding a support group to join, or taking breaks from caregiving more regularly.
Keep your goals for yourself front and center so that you don’t ignore them in favor of other people’s goals.
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In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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