Tasks are a never-ending reality for caregivers. How you prioritize them can help you to manage them much more effectively than you might believe.
Store Your Tasks on Paper
One of the worst mistakes that you can make is to think that you don’t need to write down your task list. You really can’t store your task list in your head. There’s way too much going on and you’re going to find that things slip through the cracks. When you start writing down your task list faithfully, you’re going to discover you’ve got more room to actually think.
Categorize Your Tasks in Some Way
If you’ve got categories for your tasks, it’s much easier to group them. There are endless ways you can categorize your task list. You might determine that having categories as simple as “home” and “work” are all that you need to keep everything straight. Whatever works for you is what you should use.
Think about Where You Are When You Do Some Tasks
Adding context to tasks is something that some time management systems, like GTD or Getting Things Done, uses to help organize tasks in a way to save time. GTD encourages people who use it to include context tags, like @Home or @Computer to help differentiate and group tasks that are done on the computer or at home. When you do that, you can easily spot which tasks you can handle all at once.
Put Every Task in a Category
When you have your system for categories and context tags set up to your liking, start putting every task in a category. Match them all up, even if it seems like some tasks could fit multiple categories. Something to consider is using a “delegate” category. That way you can keep track of those tasks, but you’ll know at a glance that you’ve asked someone else to handle them. This is a great way to keep up with tasks you’ve asked elder care providers to take care of for your senior.
Limit Your Tasks Each Day
Something else to remember is that there are only so many hours per day and you’re only one person. When you start assigning tasks to yourself each day, remember that you can only do so much. Start to learn how much time each set of tasks takes, and don’t take on more than you can reasonably handle.
If you can spend just a little bit of time planning out your task management system, you’re going to find that it really improves your overall efficiency.
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As a practicing Registered Nurse, Etelka was keenly aware of a void in quality patient care that could be provided in the home. She embarked upon a journey to develop a home health care agency that would exceed all expectations and become a trusted partner to physicians and patients.
A Distinguished Career From Nurse to Director of Nursing to President of Home Services Unlimited
Etelka’s distinguished career followed a logical progression to her position as President of Home Services Unlimited. She graduated as a nurse practitioner with a Bachelor of Nursing (RN) in 1972 from Meshgorya University in the Ukraine, close to where she lived with her family. She married her husband Phil in 1973 and decided in 1977 that they would relocate to the United States to be closer to family and to come to this land of opportunity. With an eagerness to continue her budding career, Etelka sat for and passed her Boards in the U.S. in 1979.
A Love and Talent for Working with the Elderly
Etelka began her nursing career in the U.S. at Colonial Crest, now part of Golden Living, where she was the In-service Coordinator, the Director of Training and Education and Director of Nursing, a position she occupied for several years.
With a group of partners, she co-founded Adept Corporation, which operated group homes for the mentally challenged. The business was successful and in 1996, Etelka sold her share to return to her roots, caring for the elderly.
In January of 1997, Etelka opened Home Services Unlimited as a fully licensed business to provide home health care. In her quest to learn to do better for her patients, she had already obtained a Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) in May of 1990 from the College of St. Francis. As President of Home Services Unlimited, Inc., Etelka guides the trusted, experienced care model Home Services Unlimited uses to continue providing excellent home health care.
Giving Back to the Community of Indianapolis
Volunteering for community services is a high priority for Etelka. Her memberships include the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Executive Women in Health Care and the Indiana Association for Home and Hospice Care, where she is a member of the Board of Directors.
Etelka has also served on the Board of Directors with Hooverwood Home, a highly regarded geriatric facility, since 1997 and as the President for 2005-2006. Through her community work, she has received several awards and accolades, including the Nora McFarland award in 2002, from the Indiana Association of Home and Hospice Care.
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