Seeking help is an integral part of family caregiving. Without the assistance of other people like your friends, family and professionals, you will feel all the stress, worry, and anxiety two fold. As your loved one’s cargiver, you have to take care of yourself too and avoid all the things that only lead to more stress.
For this reason, make sure to remind yourself that even just a little bit of help is necessary to accomplishing all of your tasks with ease.
Asking others for help
Whenever you are in need of more hands to help you take care of your aging parent, don’t hesitate to ask. Although it’s easy to assume that people will give you a negative response, it’s also important to remember that you’re not doing this for yourself. You’re trying to provide your elderly loved one with great care and assistance, and you simply cannot do it alone. So, when you have the opportunity, feel free to rely on someone for help.
3 ways to ask your loved ones and friends for assistance:
- Have a proper conversation with them about it. For instance, if you need help with transportation, call your friend or invite them over to ask if they’re willing to help. Then, tell them why you need their help and what they can do for you.
- Prepare a list of things or tasks you need done. If you plan to ask a friend for assistance, you have to be ready with what you need them to do. This is why it helps to have a list that contains all the tasks and activities you need to perform for the day or the week.
- Accept other people’s offer to help. If someone in your family offers to provide you with assistance, it’s better to say yes instead of politely declining because most of the time, you could benefit from their help. And even if you don’t need their assistance now, you can always arrange it for a different time.
Above all, stay confident and don’t lose hope on the people around you. You never know, many of your family and friends actually want to help but they just don’t know how. So, if you’re having a difficult time, remember that you don’t have to do everything alone.