At some point during your time as a caregiver, you’re going to need some more help. But where are you going to find that help?
Talk to Your Senior
Sometimes, in the interests of taking care of each other, you and your aging adult might not talk about everything you need to talk about. For instance, you might still be trying to act as if you can handle everything yourself and she might not be sharing some of the things she needs to be different. Opening up the conversation gives you both a chance to see what’s really needed.
Brainstorm with Friends and Family
Friends and family probably really do want to help out more than they are right now. It’s difficult as an outsider to know how to help and what exactly needs to be done. By talking with them, you can share a little more about what you need and they can share with you how they can meet those needs. They won’t be able to pick up all the slack, but they can make a start.
Develop a Support System that Works for You
After these conversations, you should be well on your way to having a support network that truly supports you. At any rate, you’ll have a better overview of what you still need and where there are gaps. Consider other options, such as joining online and in-person support groups. They can help you to find the emotional support that you need.
Reach out to Area Agencies on Aging
There are more agencies in your area that help caregivers and the elderly than you might realize. These agencies are often staffed by volunteers and if they can’t help you right now, they can often point you in the direction of another agency that can help you. They can be an excellent source of information both now and in the future.
Hire Elder Care Providers
Elder care providers are the front line of your support system. They can take over just about any task you need handled from personal care tasks for your senior to handling transportation issues. When you can’t be there, you’ll know that your senior is in good hands.
Often acknowledging that you need help and that it’s warranted is the first battle you have to face as a caregiver. Once you get past that hurdle, you can start to take the next steps. Make sure that you’re looking out for your needs as well as the needs of your aging family member.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING ELDER CARE IN SUMMERLIN, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF SUMMERLIN. 702-800-4616.