How To Help Caregivers Achieve Their Goals

by | Oct 9, 2018


Goal setting is very important for any employee, including yourself.  However, goals for caregivers may become lost and thus, never accomplished.  You can help your caregivers achieve their goals by using the following tips (you can also utilize these tips on yourself when setting your own goals).

How To Set SMART Goals [1]

It’s important to set goals in an efficient way, as this helps them become more detailed and achievable.  One way to set effective goals is to utilize the SMART goals method. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-based.

  • S = Specific.  Goals should be simple yet detailed.  Make sure your caregivers know exactly what they are doing, as well as why and when.
  • M = Measurable.  Goals should be measured in a manageable and concrete manner.  How will your caregivers measure their goals? What criteria will they use and how will they determine if they’ve made progress?
  • A = Attainable.  Goals should be challenging but achievable.  Have your caregivers keep track of what they can control in regard to accomplishing their goals.
  • R = Relevant.  Goals should take place in the present and have a balance between challenge and skill.      
  • T = Time-based.  Goals should have a specific and doable time-frame.  Have your caregivers set dates for goal progress and track their process.

Even though goals should be challenging (yet achievable), they should help caregivers work smarter and more objectively. Therefore, using the SMART goals method creates goals that are effective, accomplishable, and timely.

Tips for Helping Caregivers Achieve Their Goals [1] [2]

  • Explain why the goal is important
    • Have your caregivers understand why each of their goals are important to the agency.  How do they benefit the caregiver, company, and employees once accomplished? Goals should be specific and detailed, but should connect to the bigger purpose of the company.
  • Communicate frequently
    • Meet and discuss goals with your caregivers on a regular basis.  Find out if they are on or off track. In this regard, encourage honesty and transparency.  If goals aren’t on track, don’t wait to discuss them. Instead, ask for feedback and suggestions.     
  • Visualize goals with charts and other caregivers
    • Illustrating goals with charts and diagrams are great ways to display progress.  Additionally, having your caregivers share their goals with one another provides motivation.
  • Break goals down into smaller pieces
    • Goals can feel overwhelming, but breaking them into smaller chunks can make them easier to accomplish.  For example, instead of viewing the goal over its entire time-span (such as a year), have your caregiver set smaller, sub-goals in a shorter time-span (such as a month).  Be sure to track the progress of these goal “due-dates.”
  • Avoid multitasking
    • Encourage your caregivers to put all their effort into one goal rather than splitting their effort among multiple goals.  If a caregiver has more than one goal, make sure they are splitting their time evenly between them. Moreover, encourage your caregivers to keep a short to-do list each day, listing their top priorities.   
  • Give constructive feedback
    • Know what your caregivers’ plans are for accomplishing their goals.  When reviewing a goal with your caregiver, consider asking:
      • What is happening now with your goal?
      • What are the current effects of your goal?
      • What steps have you taken to accomplish your goal?
      • Are there goals that conflict with each other?
      • What are possible roadblocks preventing you from achieving your goals?  How will you overcome them?
      • How often do you need your goals reviewed – daily, monthly, or weekly?
  • Encourage goal ownership
    • Encourage your caregivers to own their goals as they will be more focused and committed to them.
  • Celebrate throughout
    • Celebrate each goal milestone, no matter how small they are.  Providing congratulations and positive reinforcement will help caregivers feel appreciated.  Celebration can also provide more motivation to reach the next milestone.

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