One of the big drawbacks of caregiving is that you can find yourself isolated very quickly. That often means you’re doing a lot and you’re doing it all on your own. You can put a new plan in place, though.
What Exactly Do You Have to Do?
What are all the tasks that you absolutely have to be the one to handle? There are likely at least a few that only you can do. The important thing to remember, though, is that you might keep some tasks on your list that you actually can delegate. You need to get ruthless with the tasks you keep for yourself. Make sure that anything you keep is something absolutely no one else can do.
Write Everything Down
Start making some lists of all the other tasks that need to be managed. You want to include everything, so it might be a good idea to take notes over a few days to be sure you write down as much as possible. This is the list you’re going to use in order to start delegating tasks to other people to handle for you.
Schedule What You Have to Do
By now you should have a better understanding of what you absolutely must handle on your own. You probably also have some tasks that you definitely want to be the one to manage. Once you know what tasks fit into which categories, you can start scheduling. By putting these tasks into your daily or weekly calendar, you can start to see quickly where you’re overburdening yourself.
Line up Some Help
At this stage, you should see very clearly where you can hand off tasks to others, but the big question may be who you’re handing things over to. If you’ve got family members and friends who want to help, that might be an option. They might not always be able to help when you need them, though. Home care providers are extremely reliable and they’ve got the experience to help you where you need it most.
Revisit Your Plan Periodically
Things change and even after you’ve put all this effort into your plan, you may find that you’ve got to adjust some things here and there. You might even find that some of those tasks you held onto for yourself really can be delegated.
It’s really important to understand that you don’t have to be alone as a caregiver. There are sources of help available out there, but you need to be proactive about looking for them. The first step is realizing that you can and you should delegate.
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