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Understanding Yourself as a Caregiver: What Do You Need to Keep Going?. Identifying Strengths & Limitations AND Learning to Believe in Yourself!. It’s Like Putting Together a Jigsaw Puzzle. What is your life experience with care? Who are you personality-wise?

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understanding yourself as a caregiver what do you need to keep going

Understanding Yourself as a Caregiver: What Do You Need to Keep Going?

Identifying Strengths & Limitations AND Learning to Believe in Yourself!

it s like putting together a jigsaw puzzle
It’s Like Putting Together a Jigsaw Puzzle
  • What is your life experience with care?
  • Who are you personality-wise?
  • How do you learn new information best?
  • What is your relationship to the person?
  • What is the environment of care?
  • Where in the progression of the condition is the person?
  • What are the resources available?
personality traits
Personality Traits

Who are you?

  • Introvert-Extrovert
  • Lots of Details – Big Picture only
  • Logical – Emotional
  • Planning ahead – Being in the moment

Who is the person you are trying to help?

life experience
Life Experience
  • Talents & Skills
  • Previous and Current Careers or Jobs
  • Volunteer Activities or Hobbies
  • Other Caregiving Roles
  • Care Receiving Roles
  • Helping & Support Roles
  • Knowledge about the Medical Community
  • Exposure to Dementia
  • Knowledge about ‘Aging’ Issues
introvert extrovert
Introvert

Likes to be alone

Likes to think it out

Likes personal space

Needs alone time

Private

Extrovert

Think out loud

Talk it out

Seek out people

Share a lot

Not good with boundaries

Introvert - Extrovert
details big picture
Details

Lots of facts and figures

Specifics of what to do

Likes to get going - doing

Big Picture

Likes to know WHY

Likes to think about it before doing anything

Likes to hear the big plan

Details – Big Picture
logical emotional
Logical

Head First

Fair

Reasonable

Rational

Emotional

Heart First

Nice

Kind

Empathetic

Logical - Emotional
planning ahead in the moment
Planning Ahead

Aware of the future

Sets priorities - plans

Likes routines

Likes a schedule

Likes to do things as planned

Needs to be in CONTROL

In the Moment

Being flexible

Go with the flow

No forward thinking

Running late

Putting other things off

GO WITH THE FLOW

Planning Ahead – In the Moment
learning preferences
Learning Preferences
  • We are all smart in different ways
  • Its not about if you are smart, it about HOW you are smart!
  • You learn best if your preferred learning style is used!
  • If you know, you can ask for what you need!
multiple intelligences how do you learn
Multiple Intelligences(how do you learn?)
  • Verbal/Linguistic (word smart)
  • Spatial/Visual (picture smart)
  • Logical/Mathematical (number smart)
  • Bodily/Kinesthetic (body smart)
  • Musical/Rhythmical (music smart)
  • Interpersonal (myself smart)
  • Intrapersonal (people smart)
  • Naturalistic (nature smart)
  • Existential (big picture smart)
verbal linguistic learners
Verbal Linguistic Learners
  • Like words, reading, stories
  • Uses handouts, case studies
  • Books and journaling may help
memory loss
Memory Loss
  • Losses
    • Immediate recall
    • Attention to selected info
    • Recent events
    • Relationships
  • Preserved abilities
    • Long ago memories
    • Confabulation!
    • Emotional memories
    • Motor memories
visual spatial learners
Visual Spatial Learners
  • Like pictures and movies
  • Try short videos, graphics and pictures
  • Organized handouts
  • Charts and graphs
memory loss1
Memory Loss
  • Losses
    • Immediate recall
    • Attention to selected info
    • Recent events
    • Relationships
  • Preserved abilities
    • Long ago memories
    • Confabulation!
    • Emotional memories
    • Motor memories
logical mathematical learners
Logical/Mathematical Learners
  • Like to think about problems and figure things out
  • Like to be asked questions, needs to get to answer
memory changes
Memory Changes…
  • So, what will work better –
    • Ask about what happened this morning

OR

    • Talk about her wedding day 50 years ago
    • Point out that she hid her own purse

OR

- Recognize it is missing and she is upset about it & we need to do something about it

bodily kinesthetic learners
Bodily/Kinesthetic Learners
  • Like to handle objects while learning
  • Like to practice and do things
musical rhythmic learners
Musical/Rhythmic Learners
  • Like music singing, rhythm
  • Use poems, songs, rhymes
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A Positive Approach(To the Tune of Amazing Grace)Come from the frontGo slowGet to the side,Get lowOffer your handCall out the name then WAIT…If you will try, then you will seeHow different life can be.For those you’re caring for!

interpersonal learners
Interpersonal Learners
  • Like talking and sharing with others
  • Use group activities, discussion
intrapersonal learners
Intrapersonal Learners
  • Like thinking to self
  • Use independent projects
naturalistic learners
Naturalistic Learners
  • Likes categories, groupings of info
  • Likes working with animals, plants, nature
  • Gets patterns and differences
existential learner
Existential Learner
  • Likes to hear about and ‘see’ the BIG PICTURE
  • Relates new learning to theories and other real world experiences
most people are
Most people are….
  • Really good at THREE intelligences
  • OK at THREE intelligences
  • Not good with THREE intelligences
using multiple intelligences
Using Multiple Intelligences
  • Know your own preferences
  • Identify the types of learners you work with
  • Integrate strategies
your relationship
Your Relationship
  • What is your history?
  • Who had what roles?
  • Who else was involved?
  • Who else might you act like, look like, or sound like?
  • What is changing? How much?
environmental considerations
Place & Space

Location

Sound

Lighting

Privacy

Security

Equipment

Furniture & Appliances

# of People Around

Safety

Access

Use-ability

Hide-ability

Environmental Considerations
current state care receiver
Current State – Care Receiver
  • What is the level of impairment?
  • What are the behaviors?
  • What support is needed?
  • How willing is the person?
  • How aware is the person?
  • Who else knows?
  • Who else can/will help?
resources
Money

Time

Energy

Skills

Space & Place

Services & Programs

People

Equipment

Training

Support Groups

Advisors – medical & legal & financial

Agencies or Organizations

Resources
believe in yourself
Believe in Yourself
  • Acknowledge your skills and talents
  • Recognize your limitations
  • Explore what is needed
  • Look for the matches
  • Identify the missing pieces
  • Decide on what to do
  • Decide on what NOT to do
  • Get help for what is needed
  • Be GOOD to yourself!