Don't Wait, Ask for Help

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Don't Wait, Ask for Help

January 24, 2018
Make sure that both older adults and caregivers are safe and healthy by asking for help when you need it.

Be Honest with Yourself and Loved Ones
Sometimes it’s hard to admit when we need help. This is true for both caregivers and older adults.

Older adults are often reluctant to admit when they are struggling because they don’t want to place a burden on loved ones or give up their independence.

Family members may also have a “do it yourself attitude” when it comes to caregiving. They may not be willing to admit when they’re stressed or working outside their comfort zone because they don’t want to add work to anyone else’s plate.

Reach Out for Support
Don’t be afraid to bring up your concerns with family and friends. These relationships often provide the most support, both emotionally and with practical day-to-day needs.

If possible, get expert advice or assistance. This can relieve pressure and give you peace of mind knowing that loved ones are being cared for correctly and consistently.

If you are looking for professional help, explore your options and be sure to talk to family about your unique situation before agreeing on a way forward.

The Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is one option that works with both caregivers and older adults to determine a plan that’s right for them.

Seek out resources like support groups or online communities that offer personal advice and shared experiences to remind you that you’re not alone.

You can also explore additional advice from InnovAge, with tips for transitioning to an adult day program, ways to relieve caregiver stress, and more.