Some family caregivers worry that they are looking for help from other sources when they really shouldn’t be. The truth is that you may need help from others for the entirety of your caregiving journey and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that at all.
When You’re Overwhelmed
One minute, you feel as if you have everything under control. The next, you can’t figure out what you need to do next for your loved one’s best interests. Caregiving is overwhelming from the very beginning. That gets better with more experience, but you still benefit from extra help at every stage.
When You’re Neglecting Your Own Health
Too many caregivers neglect their own health in favor of paying more attention to their elderly loved one’s health. The problem is that you can’t be a good caregiver if you’re exhausted, sick, and in poor health yourself. You have to have some extra help to get yourself back on track.
When Your Loved One’s Needs Have Grown
Your elderly loved one’s needs can change with very little notice. This can happen because of existing health conditions or because of new ones. You might want extra help in order to learn how to help your loved one or you might have reached a point beyond which you can’t help your loved one as much as you want.
When You Need Respite
You can’t be a caregiver all day and all night, without end. You have to take time away for your own mental, emotional, and physical health. Having respite assistance, whether that is from family members or from elder care providers, makes such a tremendous difference for both your loved one nad for you.
When You’re a Family Caregiver
The bottom line to all of this is that if you’re a family caregiver at all, you’re going to need help. You might feel that you can do it all alone, but that’s not realistic. Having a list of different resources on whom you can call when you need a helping hand is one of the best tools in your toolbox as a family caregiver.
If you’re ever in doubt, go ahead and seek out extra help. You’ll be glad that you did.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering in-home elder care in Roxborough, PA, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands of Central Philadelphia. 215-274-0900.
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