When You, The Caregiver, Needs Help

As a caregiver, you may not wish to "burden" others or admit that you can't handle everything yourself. But it's okay to ask for help.

Be prepared with a mental list of ways that others could help you. For example:

  • Someone could take the person you care for on a 15-minute walk a couple of times a week
  • Your neighbor could pick up a few things for you at the grocery store
  • A relative could fill out some insurance papers

When you break down the jobs into very simple tasks, it is easier for people to help; and they do want to help. It is up to you to tell them how.

Help can come from community resources, family, friends, and professionals. Ask them. Don't wait until you are overwhelmed and exhausted or your health fails. Reaching out for help when you need it is a sign of personal strength.

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