Caregiving and Teamwork
If a loved one becomes diagnosed with a serious medical condition, this can cause dramatic transformations within a family. One of the ways that these might change are the responsibilities that may arise when a loved one that needs care.
Some family members may have to take on new responsibilities as a caregiver. Other family members who may have previously been less involved with family matters may find themselves stepping in to help.
The family, then, might come together in order to care for their loved one. In this blog, we want to emphasize the power of teamwork when it comes to caregiving, and ways to help members of a family work together as harmoniously as possible.
Family caregiving is stressful. Many times, a single individual is responsible for many of the responsibilities of caregiving. This can cause significant problems for their emotional, physical, and mental health. Not only that, caregiving is also extremely expensive. As a result of these different kinds of stressors, they can burn out and, in turn, be a disservice to themselves, as well as their loved one.
To avoid this problem, one solution is to enlist the help of others, especially family members. Building a team is a great idea, because it allows you to take advantage of others’ strengths in order to solve problems quickly and efficiently. Additionally, there may be financial benefits. More people contributing financially to solve a problem helps the burden from being placed on only one person. Sometimes, getting a team together can be a tricky feat, especially if your siblings or other family members do not live nearby.
How to Enlist the Help of Others
A Communication System: One of the best ways to collaborate and work together is to communicate. This is especially important if you and your siblings do not live near one another. Establishing an efficient communication allows you to talk together in a timely and predictable manner. Communicating allows you to talk about different tasks different family members can take on or to talk about ideas for problem solving.
Financial Contributions: This can be one of the most helpful things for any single caregiver who has no choice but to take on some of the on-the-ground responsibilities of caregiving. That is to say, other family members may live in other states, and only one or two siblings live near enough to their aging loved ones to provide direct care. It is unfortunate when the entire financial burden falls on only one person. One way to help out significantly is to pool resources.
Establish a Schedule: If you and your family have agreed to all contribute in one way or another, one great thing to do is to meet and establish a schedule of responsibilities all people can follow. For example, maybe you may not be able to help out during the day due to other obligations, but this may be possible for another family member. Every family member should be open and honest about their availability and their openness to help. This will allow a team to find a schedule that is mutually agreeable.