Developing time management into a care program following a cancer diagnosis is essential in having a support system that caters to the wellbeing of the person diagnosed with cancer and those that are closet to that person. Without time management, you risk having holes within the support system that can lead to frustrations and hurt feelings. Additionally, lack of time management can turn into missed vital appointments.
The first thing you’ll want to consider when creating a time management based care program is the individuals that will be involved in the care plan. Someone who is more free spirited and always late wouldn’t be the best option for scheduling and keeping appointments. You’ll want to consider the personalities of each person and capitalize on individual strengths.
A person who echoes responsibility and is a stickler for promptness would be perfect for taking on the responsibility of handling all doctor’s appointments. Ideally, you’ll have two individuals that’ll fall into this category and they can split this responsibility between them. If there are two people covering appointments you’ll want to remember communication is key, communicate with one another.
Those members that aren’t great at appointments and really just want to enjoy themselves can be extremely beneficial for someone with cancer and can offer something that the responsible members can’t. These family members can provide fun and when someone is going through radiation and/or chemotherapy they need fun more than you may know. The most important thing is to remember that you can’t do it all and you need time management that utilizes the strengths of each individual within the care plan of your loved one.
Next week I’ll be discussing how to find strength after a cancer diagnosis.