Setting and Achieving Goals with Your Aging Loved One

By Roz Jones

When it comes to working with clients or even your aging loved one, one of the most important things you can do is help them set and achieve goals. Doing so not only helps them improve their quality of life, but it also helps build trust between you and them. Here are a few tips on how to set and achieve goals with your clients or aging loved ones..

1. Define the goal together: 

The first step in setting a goal with your loved one is to sit down together and figure out what it is they want to achieve. This can be anything from quitting smoking to eating healthier to getting more exercise. Once you have a general idea of what the goal is, you can start to work on creating a plan to help your loved one achieve it.

2. Set realistic milestones: 

Once you have a goal in mind, it’s important to start breaking it down into smaller, more manageable pieces. This will help your client stay on track and see their progress over time. For example, if their goal is to quit smoking, a milestone could be going one week without having a cigarette.

3. Create a plan of action: 

Once you have the goal and milestones set, it’s time to create a plan of action. This should include specific steps that your client will take in order to reach their goal. For example, if they’re trying to quit smoking, their plan of action might involve joining a smoking cessation program and making a commitment to not smoke around other people.

4. Check in regularly: 

It’s important to check in with your loved one regularly to see how they’re doing and offer any support or assistance they may need. This not only shows that you care about their well-being, but it also allows you to make any necessary adjustments to the plan if things aren’t going as expected.

Setting and achieving goals with your aging loved ones is an important part of providing quality care. By taking the time to sit down and define what they want to accomplish, you can help them build trust while also improving their quality of life. Use the tips above to get started!


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