Whether you have other family members helping or not, you may feel all alone as your senior’s caregiver. Getting past that feeling may not be easy, but the reality is that there are a lot more resources available than you might have thought.
Talk to Other Family Members about Helping Out
If you’re not the only family member in the area, you might want to talk to them about ways in which they might be able to help, too. They may not be able to help your senior in the ways that you can, but the small bits of help that they might be able to offer can help to take some of the work off of your shoulders. Over time, different family members may be able to help out in different ways.
Investigate Other Resources in Your Area
There are a lot of agencies that help the elderly. Some of them are national while others are much more local. If you’ve never had to locate these agencies before, though, it might seem to you at first as if they don’t exist. You can ask your senior’s doctor for a list of ideas, which might help you to get started. As you contact one agency, ask if they know of other agencies you should contact. They can often give you quite a list of agencies to contact.
Hire Care Providers
You don’t have to do all of this on your own, especially if you don’t have friends and family who can help and you’re having a tough time finding agencies. Care providers can do so much for your senior, particularly if you need to be at work instead of with your senior. They can offer help with cooking, household tasks, and so much more that makes your elderly family member’s life much easier. End of life care providers are available for those with a terminal illness.
Caregiving Can Easily Get Overwhelming
If you let it, caregiving can very quickly become overwhelming for you. It’s very common for anxiety to become a big problem for caregivers, particularly if you’re concerned that you’re doing something wrong or that you’re missing something. Remember that you’re doing the best that you can, because you are. No one is perfect at caregiving and that’s okay. Let go of that need to never make a mistake and you’ll take a lot of stress off your own shoulders.
It’s natural to worry about doing something new. When that something new involves caring for someone you love, the pressure can feel even more intense. Look for the support that is around you and let it help you.