September 19, 2018
No matter where you are in your caregiving journey it’s important that you and your elderly family member have the help that you need. If you haven’t already, it’s time to figure out where you can turn for that help.
The most obvious source of help for your senior is you, of course. As her caregiver, you’re right there with her through all the situations that she’s managing now. But you are only one person and you can’t expect that you’ll be able to single-handedly take care of everything forever.
Other Family Members
If you’re lucky, you and your senior have other family members who want to help. They may not know how to help, though. They can also find it difficult to know how to offer you their help in a way that won’t feel as if they’re trying to horn in. This is why educating them and letting them know how they can help is so important.
Friends, Neighbors, and Acquaintances
You and your elderly family member may have neighbors, friends, and even acquaintances that would also be happy to help. Try to tailor your requests for help to what you know those people would be best able to do. It can be difficult to ask for help, but with practice, it does get easier.
Agencies that Help the Elderly
Whether you’re aware of them or not, your area likely has quite a few different agencies that exist just to help aging adults in your locale. This is the type of information that can be difficult to lay hands on until you know exactly what to look for in your search. You can start by asking your aging family member’s doctor about these agencies and then branch out from there.
Elder Care Providers
Hiring elder care providers is a great way to get lots of help all at once. Home care providers know what it’s like to be a caregiver and to help aging adults every day. They can tackle much more than you might expect and they can be great companions for your aging adult while they do so.
Sit down and think through who in your elderly family member’s life might be able to help out a little bit. Even if they’re someone who can only provide specialized help in specific circumstances, that’s definitely important to note. If you go through this exercise a couple of times a year, you might be surprised to see the list grow and grow.