ARTICLES / Caregiver /
Power Caregiving /
By Mary Z. McGrath, Ph.D.
Point out the unique strengths and needs
of your loved one. How can you
make them stand out in the mind of service providers who
see many other individuals with serious concerns? Would
it be through a follow-up note? A small recognition
gift? Affirmation of their efforts and skills? Gratitude
for all they do for your family member? Just as in
business, building respect and goodwill goes a long way
in this realm as well.
Beyond those mentioned here, make your
own list of additional skills and include in your
supplemental list ways you can uniquely transfer your
skills. Perhaps you have more training for this role
than you realized. As time passes and you grow in
awareness of ways you transfer your skills from work,
education or parenting, you will function more
effectively as a powerful caregiver.