Every family caregiver needs a different level and type of support. You may even find that your journey as a caregiver requires several different types of support in order to keep you and your aging adult going.
Here are just a few of the types of support you might find helpful.
Caregiving can be really difficult from an emotional standpoint. Depending on your relationship with your aging adult and her current health conditions, this can be exceptionally rough emotionally. Having a support system of your own made up of friends, family, and other people that you trust can help you to deal with the powerful emotions that caregiving can inspire.
Help with Occasional Daily Tasks
The sheer volume of what you have to do every day as a family caregiver can be mind-boggling. Add to that the fact that you may have children and other responsibilities of your own and the list becomes even longer. Figure out which tasks you can delegate to other people in order to get the help that you need. When you ask for help, do it directly and don’t be surprised if you hear “no” as a response.
Help in Emergencies
Do you already know who you can count on in an emergency situation with your elderly family member? Chances are very good that you have at least one or two trusted people who can help you day or night. Make sure that you let those people know what you might need from them in an emergency situation so that they can prepare.
Ongoing Day-to-day Help
You may also need much more than one-off help on an occasional basis. Some caregiving journeys require more hands-on assistance on a daily basis. This is when hiring elderly homecare providers can really support you and your aging adult. Experienced homecare providers can teach you so much about what you need to know and they’re there for the solid support that you need in order to help care for your elderly family member.
Learn how to ask for the help and assistance that you need. As you become better at asking, you’ll find that your needs are being met far more often.