Asking for help is never an easy thing for any of us but we all need help from time to time. This is especially true of a person who finds themselves in the role of beign a caregiver. By asking for help you are doing one of the most important tasks of being a caregiver. Let go of the false assumption that you should be able to do this on your own or the feeling that no one else can do it as well as you can. Knowing how to ask for help may make that task easier for you.
Decide what you need help with and make a list. Think of everything you need help with from transportation, meals or even running errands, and prioritize them.
Decide who you can ask for help. Are there other family members, neighbors, groups or clubs that you belong to that might be able to help you? And don’t forget local community organizations and health or social service offices.
Identify those persons who are available to help and keep a list with names and phone numbers for ememrgency needs.
When you ask for help, ask for specific needs, and times, be directive. And when someone offers to help, pull out your list and let them know exactly what you need help with and when. Try to make arrangements for help before you need them so you won’t find yourself in need of help with no one there.
Remember that at AFSGB we want you to know that you are not alone.