Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – When You Learn That You Can’t Do It All Alone
Caregiving has its many daily, weekly, and monthly tasks that add up and are easy to lose track of. When you are the sole caregiver for a loved one doing everything you can to get the needed tasks complete, you can find yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually drained. Once learning that it is near impossible to do it all yourself, you will be in limbo with asking someone for help. The fact is, family and friends will be there waiting for your call.
It may not be easy to ask for assistance, so follow the tips below to ensure a smooth transition into allowing extra help into your caregiving journey.
- Stay positive. Don’t let the feeling of being rejected affect you. Your loved ones can see your struggles and will be willing to lend a hand. Many times your family members or friends may have been wanting to help, but didn’t know how to ask.
- Set up a good time to talk, one on one. Think of what atmosphere is best for you to speak your mind and share the details involved in caring for the patient with Alzheimer’s. Is dinner at their favorite restaurant a good idea? How about talking over a glass of wine at home or while getting a pedicure? Whatever the space may be, talking alone and without distractions is best.
- Dedicate a specific task to a friend or family member that they would be good at. If your Aunt Linda is a great crafter, see if she would be interested in doing activities with your loved one. If Uncle John is an accountant, why doesn’t he help with the financial part of caregiving. Or your friend Suzie, who is a nurse, would be a great help to take your loved one to the doctor. Often, if you ask for assistance with something they are good at or find easy, your results will be guaranteed.
- Go into the conversation with a plan. Draw out ideas, important points, and even dates and times that assistance will be perfect for you and your loved one. With a plan, you can dedicate these important tasks to your friends that are willing to be there for you.
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