Caregiving can be complicated. You may want to do everything on your own, but that’s not a practical approach. Odds are very good that you need more help. You need to work out the best way to get that help.
Acknowledge that it’s Time to Explore Your Options.
It isn’t easy at all to admit that you need more help with caregiving. You’re supposed to have everything that you need and be the caregiver that your elderly family member needs. But you’re human and you’re only one person. It’s okay to need extra help.
Get Super Clear about Your Needs.
Very often caregivers aren’t even sure what they need the most help with at any given time. You’re so busy doing everything that you can that you’re not taking the time to figure out where help would be beneficial. Take some time and work out where you have the biggest needs, whether that’s helping your senior with transportation or getting respite time for yourself.
Sit Down and Brainstorm Who Can Help.
Next it’s time to brainstorm who can help. There may be some family members who are able to drive your senior to her doctor’s appointments, for instance. Or you might find that you’re short on helpers. Hiring elder care providers can be the best solution for multiple issues because they can help in a variety of different ways. They’re also more available than other family members tend to be and they have experience with just the sort of situations you face daily.
Put Some Action Behind Your Plan.
Once you have an idea how to solve the issues you have in terms of getting extra help, you need to put action behind some solutions. Until you actually take the steps, things are going to stay the same. To see different results, you’re going to have to make some changes.
Review How Well Your Plan Works.
It helps to periodically take the time to look at how well your plan is working for you. If you’re still feeling overwhelmed or you’re still wishing you had more help, then your plan needs some modification. On the other hand, if you’re feeling as if you have everything under control, you may not need to make any changes.
If you’re still trying to rely only on yourself, you’re going to wear yourself out. Other family members may be able to help now and then, but for truly reliable assistance you’re going to need to be more creative. Do what you can to put what you need in place so that you can be as effective as possible.