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EFC: 5 Best Caregiver Tips For Getting Family To Help

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Episode 1: 5 Best Caregiver Tips For Getting Family To Help with Tandy Elisala 

Do you struggle to get the family to help you take care of a loved one? One of the biggest challenges I hear from family caregivers is how to get family members to help them in some capacity or another.

Sometimes, people think we are doing such a great job and don’t complain so we must not need help. Other times, family or friends are busy living their lives and don’t stop to think about your needs. One of the biggest things we can do for ourselves is to ask for help! Don’t wait until you are overwhelmed and exhausted to ask for help. Here are my 5 Best Caregiver Tips For Getting Family To Help (so you can stress less):

Tip #1: Be prepared with a list of ways others can support you.  Listen in for a list of specific tasks others can do to get your juices flowing. 

Tip #2: Choose who to ask for help and what to ask them for based on their time, preferences, abilities and strengths. 

Tip #3: Be specific when asking for help. Listen in for my communication tips on how to be specific with your ask. 

Tip #4: Take a “no” answer as a no for now.

Tip #5: Have a list of 3-5 emergency contacts. Listen in for details of this critical tip to help ease caregiver stress and overwhelm for both the caregiver and care recipient. 

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