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Involving Others in Your Caregiving
By Ryan Mackey
As a caregiver, receiving some extra
help or consideration from others goes a long way to
helping you deal with the daily rigors of life. Given
the right help and proper respite time, you will feel
better about your overall role, and be stronger
emotionally and physically to continue your caregiving.
Because much of the burden of care falls on one person
in the family, other family and friends should be
considered as viable alternatives. Talking with your
loved one and establishing a plan surrounding your
caregiving, their finances, and the sacrifices that must
be made, is essential to quality caregiving. Consider
these recommendations for involving others when
providing the primary care for a loved one in need:
Allow your spouse to share some of the responsibility by
taking care of the children, giving you some free time,
or maybe cooking dinner one evening.
Seek help through community health care agencies able to
have someone come out to support your caregiving
Have a friend assist you in caring for your children or
running an errand for you if you are busy.
Keep the entire family aware of the situation and let
them know if something needs to be changed or altered
from the plan already established.
If you work outside of the home, see if your company or
boss would is willing to be flexible with your hours and
see if they have any advice that may help you juggle
work and caregiving.
Incorporate the entire family in your caregiving, for
instance, a long distance relative may give you money
for groceries, or a friend may help you do the
Join a support group which may open you up to other
caregivers in the area who can further assist you in
learning about services available such as volunteer
services and local elderly programs.