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Which Type Of Caregiver Are You?

Are you an idealist? A peacemaker? Each family caregiver persona works well with some people, and others...not so much.

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Once you've learned a bit about how your personality could affect your caregiving style, think about the other members of your care team. With which family members could you collaborate best? Is there anyone you might clash with in certain circumstances?

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  1. 1. Do you prefer to work alone or as part of a team?

    As part of a team.
  2. 2. When it comes to completing tasks or projects, do you focus more on process or results?

    Process. It's crucial to follow directions step-by-step.
    Results. Just make sure it’s right in the end.
  3. 3. Would you worry about hurting your teammates' feelings if you had to assign positions on your company softball team?

    Yes. I wouldn't want to make anyone feel bad.
    No. Everyone should be in the position that's best for them.
  4. 4. Do you focus more on making sure everyone in your group agrees or on making the best decision?

    I want everyone to agree.
    I need the decision to be correct, no matter what people think.
  5. 5. When you travel, do you prefer to have your days planned out or to go with the flow?

    I like to go with the flow.
    I need to have a plan.
  6. 6. Do you tend to focus more on the future or the present?

    What's happening right now is most important.
    The future is most important.
  7. 7. Are you a neat freak, or do you have to tell people "there's a method to my madness"?

    My workspace must be organized and uncluttered.
    As long as I can find what I need, it’s fine by me.
  8. 8. Teams are better off when...

    ...responsibilities are assigned.
    ...people can choose the tasks that best suit them.
  9. 9. Are you good at reading people?

    Yes. I'm good at picking up on people’s feelings.
    No. It would be easier if people would just say how they feel.
  10. 10. Do you always strive for perfection?

    Yes. I prefer to work toward an ideal situation.
    No. I prefer to make the best of the situation as is.
  11. 11. Do you take your time when making a decision?

    Yes. I need to consider all outcomes before settling on a decision.
    No. I believe the simplest solution is usually best.
  12. 12. Which is more important: planning or flexibility?

    Planning. Preparation is key.
    Flexibility. You need to adapt as conditions change.

Which Type Of Caregiver Are You?

You got: The Planner

The Planner is the caregiver who, when confronted by a new situation, attacks the challenge head on. You might be the sibling who thinks logically through each step necessary to make sure your parent will have all the necessary documentation ready to go at a moment’s notice. The sense of security that plans give to a Planner could be their downfall, however, as it works against the flexibility needed to handle unforeseen challenges. Planners work well with Camp Directors, but may come into conflict with the Dreamer of the family.

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You got: The Camp Director

A natural peacemaker, The Camp Director is a relationship-focused project manager. You might be the caregiver who knows exactly which tasks to delegate to which siblings. You probably like to decide who is bringing the mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving. Now that caring for Mom is the norm, you might know intuitively whom to rely on for different tasks, and how to motivate each teammate to successfully work together. The downside is that a Camp Director tends to depend heavily on others, the consequences of which vary depending on the situation. Camp Directors work well with both the Planner and Dreamer. Depending on the situation; they may come into conflict with the Doer.

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You got: The Doer

When a task needs doing, are you the one your family can most depend on to tackle it? If so, you might be a Doer, the day-to-day caregiver who in many cases has fewer responsibilities outside the family, making schedule conflicts less of an issue. You're likely to take responsibility for keeping the machine humming by running the errands and taking Mom or Dad to each appointment. Doers need to be aware that their focus on short-term tasks may lead to missing longer-term challenges. Doers also tend to be the first to experience resentment toward others, feeling like “it’s all falling on me.” Doers tend to work well with Planners and Dreamers, but there is often a risk conflict between Doers and Camp Directors.

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You got: The Dreamer

The Dreamer’s idealism shines in the face of adversity. As a very emotional and empathetic family member, you might also be the best advocate for what Mom or Dad really wants. While Dreamers keep the group feeling positive and hopeful, they tend to be oblivious to impending crises, and must rely on others to help them accept unfortunate realities so plans can be made for the future. Dreamers tend to work well with the Doers and Camp Directors of the group, but may come into conflict with the Planner.

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