Even the most efficient and capable family caregiver needs help now and again. It’s tough to admit that, though, and these tips can help you to start.
Start a Journal
Lots of caregivers are stuck in that limbo of trying to do it all and not admitting, even to themselves, that they need a little more help. If that’s you, then you might need to take some time for an objective look at what caregiving looks like for you right now. Start a journal and keep track of what happens each day, what you feel like, how well you think you’re doing, and anything else that occurs to you. Read over what you write and you might start to realize how overwhelmed you truly are.
Talk to Your Employer
If you’re a working caregiver, you might have options for assistance through your employer. Not only could your employer put you in touch with resources, but they might be able to help you to figure out time management and other solutions. It’s always worth inquiring to find out what’s available.
Talk to Other Family Members
Other family members might have been waiting for just this moment. Often family members don’t really know how to help and they don’t want to butt in when they perceive you have everything under control. By talking to them, you can let them know that you do need help and that they can step in.
Match up Tasks with Potential Helpers
Start writing down all the different things that you do all the time. you might find that you need a day or two to come up with a complete list because there’s a lot that you do that you don’t really think about. Once you have as complete a list as possible, you can start matching up tasks with people who want to help you.
Hire Home Care Providers
If you don’t have people who can help you as much as you need help, hiring home care providers is incredibly helpful. Even if you only bring them in for a few hours a week, home care services can lighten the load you’re carrying as a family caregiver.
Once you acknowledge that you need help, it becomes a little bit easier to spot the areas in which assistance would do the most good. You also become better at asking for that specific help rather than waiting to see if you can figure it out on your own.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Princeton, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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