ARTICLES / Caregiver /
Power Caregiving /
By Mary Z. McGrath, Ph.D.
When the first signs of a serious
illness occur in a spouse, friend or family member, one
may feel very powerless and overwhelmed. Surprisingly
though, when assuming the role of caregiver, whether
directly in your home or indirectly if your loved one is
in a facility or hospital, you can discover your
personal power. By focusing on the job skills that you
already have, you can move into the role of caregiver
and become a powerful and effective advocate for the
person experiencing a challenging illness.
Consider the skills you use in your
professional job role. This could include work in the
business world, education, other professions and
parenting. Realize that over time you have sharpened
your range of talents and skills in order to work
successfully in your career or parenting role. Though
these skills work for you on the job, they are also
within you 24/7. It is a matter of naming them for
transfer to another venue where they will show
themselves in a different form. Then you can target them
for maximum benefit to your loved one.
Following are seven skills that professionals and
parents develop to work successfully on the job and in
their specific roles.