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
Seek help through community health care agencies able to have
someone come out to support your caregiving efforts.
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
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 shopping.
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.
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