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How To Prioritize Your Most Important Tasks to Provide the Best Home Care for Your Aging Loved One

Veterans Home Care Pittsburgh PA: How To Prioritize Your Most Important Tasks to Provide the Best Home Care for Your Aging Loved One

One of the best remedies for stress is getting more organized. This helps you to make the best use of your time and get the most amount done in a very effective way. It’s not as wearing down as feeling overwhelmed and not knowing where to start! Here are some strategies for getting rid of some stress by prioritizing your most important tasks. The ones that don’t make it to the list can wait for another day or you can assign them to another family member.

  1. Make a list and choose a time frame for it. It can be very helpful to plan a week at a time. If there are things coming up in the next few weeks that are weighing on your mind and possibly driving you crazy then plan the next month ahead. Just remember some things will change so you’ll have to be a little bit flexible.
  2. Separate your short-term goals and your long-term goals. These are things you want to get accomplished which will help you stay on your schedule and feel less stress.
  3. Start making detailed notes of everything you need to do pertaining to your list above. Don’t try to put anything in order yet. Just write until all of it is off your mind and you can organize it later. You might even remember some of the big things you forgot in steps 1 and 2 above.
  4. Not make categories of all the things you’ve written down. Sort everything into categories and whether it applies to work, job, home, caregiving, errands and so on.
  5. Pick out the most important or urgent things on your list and write those at the top of a new list. Keep the first one you made because it will still contain some of the less important things on it which you can do later.
  6. Put the list in a visible location so you can check things off as you do them. Try to combine some things so you can get more than 1 done using the same movements or the same trip out, etc. An example of this would be you need to take your loved one to the doctor next week and you also have to stop by the hardware store to buy a part for the broken window handle. Now that you’ve written everything down on a list it’s easy to chunk them together. See if you can combine these two errands into one trip.
  7. Check things off your list as soon as they get done. The feeling of accomplishment when you look at the list and there’s a bunch of checkmarks will be very relieving.



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Marta Baumann

Marta Baumann, RN is currently the Administrator of the Pittsburgh branch of Extended Family Care.She is a graduate of Indiana Hospital School of Nursing.Marta changed her healthcare focus from marketing and critical care to become a patient advocate in favor of allowing her patients the opportunity to remain in their homes. She is thrilled to have been working in her desired industry of home health and hospice for the past 25 years.
Prior to coming to Extended Family Care, Marta had previously served as the Administrator of a Hospice and Home Health Care company based in Ligonier, Pennsylvania as well as the Director of Finance for a Home Health and Hospice Company in Pittsburgh.
Growing up and living in North Huntington, Marta was pleased to accept the position within her local community where she can spend time with her son, daughter and two beautiful grandchildren.In her spare time, Ms. Baumann enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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