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Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

9 November 2017

Many caregivers feel a big sense of responsibility towards their loved one, they feel like they are the only person that can care for them and are uneasy putting their own needs forward. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by our role as a caregiver. This role is demanding, it requires a lot of time and energy so it is perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but rather an act of humility and courage.

Dare to ask for help. People around you might not offer their help for fear that you will refuse their offer, while others simply believe that their support is not necessary. Therefore, do not assume that help will come spontaneously to you rather take the lead.

Learning to delegate one or more tasks will help you reduce the pressure you feel. Educate your family and loved ones. To get the moral and physical support of your family, write down everything you do and identify your needs to know what to ask for when someone offers their help. To avoid exhausting yourself, you sometimes have to change the way you care for your loved one, hence the importance of educating the person being cared for. In other words, your loved one must accept that someone other than yourself might be completing certain tasks for or with them.

It is perfectly normal, recommended and sometimes necessary to ask for help. Know that you are not alone and that there are many resources (information, psychosocial support, respite) to support you. Do not wait to be exhausted to ask for help! It may be difficult for those around you to understand what you are going through. In this case, turn to support groups who are there to listen and support you.

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