Making Decisions For Your Loved One

Taking care of an elderly parent or loved one can involve a lot of decisions. Anything from choosing the right skilled nursing facility to establishing a healthy diet requires a decision process.

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But making decisions for your loved one isn’t easy. There’s something legitimate about both alternatives and sometimes you simply don’t know what to do.

At Elmwood Hills Healthcare Center we recognize your predicaments and dilemmas and strive to provide care for a complete range of short-term needs your loved one faces so you don’t have to.

Yet, you’re still faced with the task of deciding every now-and-then.

While we don’t have a master, one-size-fits-all formula for all circumstances, we do have a couple of suggestions.

Make Decisions in the Morning

Did you know that the time of the day plays a major role in your decision-making process?

It does.

In fact, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos employs this strategy. According to CNBC, Bezos makes his important decisions at 10:00 am and avoids them from 5:00 pm and on.

The reason for this is decision fatigue. As the day progresses, you get tired and make poorer decisions.

So set aside time in the morning when you’re in an optimal state for making decisions, and weigh your options with a clear head.

Make Decisions When You’re Feeling Good

Unfortunately, this one isn’t always under your control. But your mood and state really do impact your decision-making.

According to Damon Zahariades,1 “when we’re unhappy, stressed, or fearful, our productivity suffers. We feel disengaged from our work, regardless of its role in achieving our goals. We’re also less creative and have more difficulty making decisions. Moreover, we lose focus and become more easily distracted.”

So if you have a big decision to make and aren’t feeling the greatest, see if you can push it off a bit.

What helps you in making decisions for your loved one?

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