Four Stages When You Might Want to Ask for Help
As a caregiver there are different stages in the journey and you might wonder at each one whether it’s time for you to figure out how to get some extra help. The best thing to do is to have help right from the start, because if you don’t, you might run into some problems.
Being Brand New to Caregiving Has You Overwhelmed
As someone who is fresh into caregiving, you might not know where to turn for help with a variety of different situations. It’s all so overwhelming that you don’t even know what you don’t know. This is a really common situation for caregivers, so don’t feel alone. When you reach out for help, though, you don’t have to stay stuck in that feeling for long.
You’ve Got Some Experience and You’re Rocking Right Along
When you do get some more experience under your belt with caregiving, you might feel as if you have it all under control. You probably do have everything well in hand. By this point, you have dealt with whatever emergent situation thrust you into caregiving and you’ve got a plan. But this is the stage where you might start to wear yourself out too soon unless you slow down and get some help lined up.
One Little Problem Has Set You Back
The big problem with feeling as if you can handle this all on your own is that it usually only takes one small setback to leave you reeling. Maybe you get sick or your senior’s health worsens suddenly and your routine and all that you’ve built feels like it comes crashing down. Having a support network in place before this happens gives you someone to punt to when things start to go haywire.
You’re Wearing Yourself Out
Burning the candle at both ends is not sustainable, no matter how much you might think that it is. You’re wearing yourself out both physically and mentally, but also emotionally. There’s a lot invested in keeping everything running smoothly and when you’re out of steam, you can’t just force it all to work again. You need to have some help in the wings well before you get to this point.
You’ll know when it’s the right time to get some help, even if you’re worried that it’s too soon. If you don’t have friends and family to lean on, home care providers can give you experienced help. They can also be the experienced help you need even if you do have family and friends who are able to pitch in here and there.
Excerpt: Asking for help isn’t easy to do, but as a caregiver it can do you so much good.
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