Caregiving Alone? How to Get the Caregiving Help You Need
Anyone coping with a difficult health journey needs a caregiver – someone who steps up as their advocate, cook, errand-runner, communicator, valet, secret shopper and much more.
If you’re that caregiver, you know the reality check: time is limited, you can’t be everywhere at once, and there are always unforeseen emergencies large and small.
We get it, and we’re here to help you feel less overwhelmed and alone with tips on how to get caregiving help from other willing souls.
Divide, Conquer, Delegate
At CaringBridge, we think caregivers are today’s saints. You give of yourself out of love, caring and compassion, expecting nothing in return.
But as good as your intentions are, you’ll be less effective if you try to do everything yourself. The good news is that most people want to help.
So once you have a clear idea of everything that needs to be done — plus when and how — you should delegate. Here’s how:
- Make a list of the tasks and responsibilities that you have to deal with as a caregiver.
- Write another list of the people in your caring community (family, friends, visitors to the CaringBridge site with which you’re associated).
- Then simply start asking for their assistance.
The CaringBridge Planner Makes it Easy to Coordinate Tasks
If you haven’t already done so, start a CaringBridge SupportPlanner, a handy tool to help you coordinate all the tasks that need to be done.
- Meals, household chores, yard work: Yours included, if you’re too busy.
- Transportation to appointments: Are you needed at every doctor visit?
- Shopping and errands: Grocery, pharmacy, deliveries…it’s endless.
- Companionship: Take turns sitting and visiting. The person you’re caring for will enjoy the mix of company.
- Everything else: Dog-walking, plant-watering, and other everyday tasks.
Who Should You Ask?
Ask everyone in your caring community to pitch in. People are usually more than happy to help if they can, and know their efforts are needed and appreciated. Everyone will know, too, what’s going on with you and the person you care for.
How Have You Shared Caregiving? Tell Us Now
CaringBridge and our many readers are interested in your personal experiences with caregiving and delegating caregiving tasks, so please share them here.
As always, it’s easy to start a CaringBridge Site if you haven’t already. Once you do, try out the SupportPlanner too.