Being a caregiver for someone that you love is a huge responsibility. As much as you might want to, though, you can’t do everything completely on your own. At some point, you’re going to need more help, either from family members or from other sources. If you embrace both options, you’ll be way closer to having the help you need consistently.
Get the Lines of Communication Open with Other Family Members
In order to actually delegate any tasks to other family members, you have to open up those lines of communication. Until you talk about what needs to be done and why you can’t really expect to see any significant changes in how they approach this whole experience. Listen to what other family members tell you they’re able to do. There are tasks within their capabilities that you can turn over if they’re willing to take them on.
Planning as Much as You Can Will Pay Off
It might sound pretty funny to talk about planning and caregiving in the same sentence, but you can plan more than you think. As you gain experience in caregiving, you’ll even find that you’re planning more accurately than you expected you could. A schedule, even a fairly loose one, gives you a chance to meet your needs as well as your senior’s needs on a daily and a weekly basis. It also helps you to see where you need more help.
Flexibility Is Also Necessary
The best plans don’t cover everything, though, and you already know that. So if you’re able to plan while also leaving some room for flexibility, that’s going to serve you and your senior far better in the long run. Flexibility also ensures that you’re able to accept help on the fly when it’s available. You may have some family members who can’t guarantee you that they can help at certain times or on specific days, but when they can help, they pitch in all the way. That’s help you want to encourage.
Take Advantage of Other Options
Family members aren’t your only option for extra help, though. Lots of times caregivers get tunnel vision and believe that only family members can do what needs to be done. If family members aren’t able to help and you feel as if you’re stuck without them, consider hiring elderly care providers. Working with elderly care providers gives you someone who already has experience with the issues you’re facing.
It’s great when family members can help out a bit. But even if they can’t, don’t start to believe that you’re left on your own. Reach out and get the help you need.