The idea of asking other family members and people for help is often more intimidating than the reality is. These ideas can help quite a bit.
Divide up Your List of Tasks
Start out by dividing up your list of tasks. Some of them are tasks that you might have to do yourself or that your senior feels more comfortable with you handling. Others may be tasks that, when you look at them on paper, you realize are ones that are easy for you to hand off to someone else.
Just Assign Some Tasks
Take some of the little tasks, like running simple errands, and just assign them to people you know can and will handle them. Asking is a good idea, of course, but if there are people in your life who you can rely on, take advantage of that fact. This can lighten your task load more than you might realize.
Talk to Family Members about the More Complicated Tasks
With more complicated tasks, start some conversations with family members and other people who could help. They might be able to handle more than you realize, but until you ask you don’t know. Let them know what you need help with and how that can directly impact both you and your senior. They may not always be able to help, but when they are, that can be a huge bit of assistance for you.
Let it Go
When you do assign a task to someone else, no matter how large or small it is, let go of that task. If you’re looking for someone to do the task exactly the same way that you would or in some other way perfectly, that’s not going to always be the case. At times, you need to simply trust that the person you’re delegating a task to will handle it.
Find Solutions for the Gaps
There are going to be gaps in your list. These will be tasks that either no one else is qualified to assist with or that other people just can’t handle for you. Hiring elderly care providers can be the right solution for that gap. They can handle the complicated tasks that you might feel are too much for you, even, especially if they relate to personal care or helping your elderly family member with mobility issues.
Get past that feeling that you have to be the one to handle everything personally. You don’t need to wear yourself down completely in order to prove that you’re an effective caregiver. In fact, when you get a team in place around your efforts, you’re able to be a much more effective caregiver than you are on your own.
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