One of the best things that you can do as a caregiver is to figure out how you can line up more help. You’re only one person and you can use all the help you can get.
Lean on Family and Friends.
If you have family and friends who live close to you and your aging adult, they’re a perfect source of help. Some family and friends are naturally going to be more helpful than others. Some may not know what they can do to help you. It’s important to educate them as much as you can about what you need and about how they can do even little things to make life easier for you and for your senior.
Delegate Non-Caregiving Tasks.
You may not think about this much, but the tasks that you have to do that don’t have anything to do with caregiving don’t have to be handled by you. You may be able to delegate them to other family members or even hire people to deal with them for you. Lawn work, for instance, may be something that a teenager in your neighborhood can do. Housework might be something that you can ask older kids to take over or even hire a cleaning service to handle.
Hire Respite Care and Home Care.
For those tasks that are related to caregiving, home care providers are your best bet for extra help. They have experience in dealing with all of the different situations that you face as a caregiver. Not only that, they can help you to work out solutions that might have eluded you. If you’re not taking time away, they can serve as respite care for you so that you don’t have to worry. When you’re refreshed and recharged, you’re a better caregiver.
Seek out Local Volunteers.
There may be some agencies in your area that help to coordinate volunteers that assist with tasks for caregivers and their aging adults. Don’t assume that you know what every agency does, either. Some have some far-reaching goals and may be able to help you in ways that you might not have expected. It can pay to take a full look at what they can offer to you and to your elderly family member.
When caregivers get too busy and overwhelmed, even the simplest solutions can seem out of reach. Look for ways that you can use some of these ideas and even expand on them in order to help you and your aging adult as much as possible. The more creative you are the better for everyone involved.