As caregivers, we sometimes become so involved in the day-to-day efforts to keep things going we may forget to let others know that we need help too. You can and should ask friends and family to share in caregiving duties. Consider creating a list of things that need to be done, such as grocery shopping, laundry, errands, lawn care, or housecleaning. If someone says, “let me know if there is anything I can do,” ask for help with an item on the list.
Respite means taking a break from your normal duties. Even if it’s only 20 minutes a day, do something just for you. A Hope volunteer may be able to sit with your loved one while you take time to:
- Go to a doctor’s appointment
- Go shopping
- Attend church
- See a movie
- Have your hair or nails done
- Visit with other friends and family
However, you choose to take a break, make sure you do it often enough to maintain a healthy balance to address your own needs.