Why Caregivers Should Accept Help
1 in 5 Americans are currently serving as a caregiver, providing help to ill or disabled persons almost all, every day. This leaves them with very little time for much else, including socialization and leisure. This is one of the primary reasons why caregivers report much higher stress levels than the general population. Many caregivers feel overwhelmed by the amount of care a person needs, and they often take it upon themselves to provide all of it. However, this may lead to burnout and reduced quality of care. As such, caregivers need to welcome help, and here are some reasons why:
Caregivers tend to carry unnecessary guilt.
You may think that you’re not doing enough and you may even feel guilty for having your own needs, but know that caregiving is a courageous job. While it’s normal to feel guilt –especially when you see how much the person you’re caring for is struggling –you must also acknowledge and express these feelings.
Call up a friend and ask them if they could spare a few minutes to listen. Open up conversations about how you’re coping. Caregiving is as challenging as it is noble. If you’re having a hard time, then it’s okay to admit it. Although the “caregiver guilt” may still persist, speaking up about how you feel can help release pent-up negative emotions. When other family members, friends, or loved ones offer to help, it’s okay to accept it—and it’s okay to reach out to them and ask for help yourself.
One thing to remember is that a caregiver is part of a coordinated team.
You are not the sole person responsible for providing care. I