Being a caregiver often means that you don’t have all of the support and assistance that you need exactly when you need it. This can leave you feeling lonely and overwhelmed. Finding options for getting extra help becomes essential.
Delegate Some Tasks.
Many of the tasks that need doing don’t have to be done by you, believe it or not. You can actually start delegating those tasks to other people or to other groups. For example, you might hire out someone to clean the house for you or to run smaller errands. Friends and family may be able to handle some tasks for you. Try dividing up larger tasks into smaller chunks to hand off.
Stand up for Yourself.
As a caregiver, you might feel uncomfortable asking for help from other people. You need to start learning how to let go of that fear so that you can be clear with other people about the help that you require. The other people in your life aren’t mind readers, so you can’t expect them to automatically know what you and your senior need.
Consider Elder Care Options.
Elder care providers can do so much for you and for your aging adult that you might not expect. They can help with personal care tasks for seniors, handle errands, and offer companionship. They’re also invaluable for providing you with respite care coverage. That way you’re able to go take care of whatever you need to do, knowing your elderly family member is in good hands.
Don’t Turn Help Away.
When people do offer you help, don’t turn it away. If the person is offering help that you don’t actually need, rephrase the offer to something you do need. For example, ask if the person who is offering to help with meal preparation can grab some ingredients from the store instead. This is especially helpful if you have someone who is cooking, but can’t go shopping first. Piece together offers of help to cover your needs.
If you’re only comfortable with a few of these options to start, definitely use them. You can work your way up to getting more help as you go.