Easing Your Burden: Ways to Lessen the Caregiving Load
If you are a family caregiver, then you are aware of the massive responsibilities that this role requires. It can require a lot of time, financial resources, and mental energy. Unfortunately, sometimes this role falls on one person in a family either because other siblings live far away, there are familial tensions, or other reasons. But it is not ideal for one person (or even two) to handle all of this work on their own, since it can degrade people physical and emotional wellbeing. In this blog, we will go over some tips on how you can lessen the pressures of caregiving.
Consider These Tips
Hire Professional Help: Nurse registries (like ElderCare) connect people with professionally trained caregivers who are able to provide help when you need it. One of the most convenient things about this kind of service is that you can customize your own schedule and select caregivers with the requisite skills and experience that suits your situation. Additionally, rates can be reasonable depending on how many hours per week you choose to have help. Professional caregivers are there to help you, and this can give you the needed time to recharge your batteries every week or to accomplish other things on your list.
Split Responsibilities: Other times, caregiving responsibilities can be reasonably split among members of a family. If this has been a problem, then there should be a family meeting, where the expectation is to communicate everybody’s expectations calmly. This can be a valuable opportunity to express your own struggles and ask for help. Some objectives to aim for is to create a weekly schedule of who will help out when. Create copies of that schedule and share it with other family members. One of the most important things to keep in mind during this meeting is to communicate clearly and calmly, while also taking time to listen to what others have to say. Effective communication and active listening are the most important elements to any meeting, especially one as sensitive as this.
Talk to Your Employer: In the United States, not many states have Paid Family Leave (PFL) policies. Some states (like New York) have PFL but this is not the case everywhere. Wide-ranging PFL for all states is an area of research policy analysts are trying to understand. If your state does not fall under this category, it may be worthwhile to talk to your employer and explain the situation, if you feel comfortable doing that. Some employers may be willing to work with you. It may be possible to find accommodations for you, like working from home or changing your work schedule around.
We hope that these tips put some things into perspective. The important first step is to recognize that you deserve rest, and from there you can figure out what next steps are needed to make that possible. If you have any questions, please call ElderCarea at Home at 888-285-0093 or visit our website online!