Caring for a family member or friend can be too big a job for one person. Trying to do everything yourself may lead to burnout and problems with you health and well-being. Instead, reach out to form a larger network of friends, family and community resources that can help you with your loved one’s care. Your loved one can help you identify willing members that you may not have thought about, such as neighbors or friends from the faith community.
Look for team members. Team members need not all live nearby or have huge blocks of time to be of value. Family or friends living at a distance or with limited time can pitch in behind the scenes with meal organizing, bill paying or financial assistance. The computer whiz in the family could set up an electronic calendar for dinner delivery or chores, You may feel hesitant to ask others for help, but some people may need only a little encouragement to take on a task – and they may feel left out otherwise.
Build and support your team. Putting a supportive team together that is deep and wide can strengthen both your loved and your love one’s ability to deal with any issues that emerge. It will also help assure that as team members’ ability to help out changes, you will still have support from the larger group.