Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
Being a caregiver to an adult who is dealing with illness can be a rewarding experience. It also can be challenging. It’s important to not try to go it alone. Accepting help from others isn’t always easy. When tough things happen, many people tend to pull away. They think, “We can handle this on our own.” But things can get harder as the patient goes through treatment. As a result, you may feel there is just too much on your plate.
Take a look at how busy you are now. Be honest with yourself about what you can do. Think about tasks you can give to others. And let go of tasks that aren’t as important right now. Asking for help also helps you loved one. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Remember, if you get help for yourself:
- You may stay healthier and have more energy to care for your loved one.
- Your loved one may feel less guilty about your help.
- Other helpers may offer time and skills that you don’t have.
Source: National Cancer Institute