October 11, 2016

Ask for HelpWe’re a do-it-yourself culture; one that seriously values independence, and applauds individuals who pull themselves up by their bootstraps and take care of as much as possible without any help. Even so, the reality is there are some things we just can’t manage alone; issues that can certainly lead to injury to ourselves or even other people if we avoid seeking help and support.

One undertaking that’s definitely best when shared is providing health care for a mature loved one. But a good number of family care providers struggle with reaching out for assistance, for numerous reasons: guilt with feeling as if they ought to be capable of managing care for their loved one without any help, reluctance to trust another to provide high quality care, or simply a matter of pride.

If you’re providing home care in St. Louis for a family member, in order to avoid caregiver burnout, hopelessness, or some other negative and all-too-common consequence, try the following pointers to lower the anxiety of requesting assistance:

  • Break down your caregiving position into specific tasks, and determine which you’d like assistance with: food preparation, housekeeping, personal care, transportation, and so forth.
  • Make a list of those you are able to put your trust in that may help with these types of responsibilities: friends, relatives, members of your religious organization, neighbors, and neighborhood teens who have volunteer requirements to fulfill.
  • Match up tasks with each of your prospective helpers, and approach each with certain specifics on what you would like.

And don’t forget: Continuum is always prepared with qualified, fully trained, experienced senior health care providers who can provide much needed respite home care for St. Louis caregivers in need of help. Contact our team today to learn more about our St. Louis home care services.