When you’re a caregiver, you might start to feel as if you’re constantly on your own. You might need a lot more help, but that can feel impossible to get. How you ask for help and how you open yourself up to the possibilities matters.
Divide Tasks Until They Feel More Doable
Don’t Wait to Ask for Help
Practice Saying Yes a Little More Often
On the topic of asking for help, you might be so busy and so overwhelmed that you don’t realize how often you actually do get offers of help. Caregivers don’t always recognize these offers, though, because they’re not always obvious. If you start saying “yes” a little more often when people offer you help, though, you’re going to start recognizing those offers more quickly.
Hire Home Care Providers
Another solution you might have overlooked is to hire elder care providers. There’s less of a learning curve when you hire help that already understands what it’s like to be a caregiver. They might even be able to show you some ways to do things easier and more quickly, which is a huge bonus. Senior care providers are also definitely going to help you, which eliminates one of the subconscious fears that stop caregivers from asking for help.