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How Can You Cope When Multiple People Need You to Be Their Caregiver?

By Ketan Shah

Senior Care in San Jose CA

Being the primary caregiver for multiple loved ones is even more intimidating than you might first think. With some careful planning, however, you can do what you need to do for everyone you need to care for.

Be Gentle with Yourself

When multiple people need you all at once, it's easy to get discouraged or to start expecting too much from yourself. Now more than ever, it's important that you're gentle with yourself and that you don't let perfectionism get the best of you. You can only do what you can do. You're a human being with limitations and needs of your own. Don't beat yourself up for not doing more than you can do.

Find All the Resources that You Can

Now is the time to really find and access all of the resources that your different care recipients need. Start with their doctors and figure out what exactly can be done for them now. From there, you might need to contact local agencies that can help to point you in the right direction in terms of assistance groups. If you're not already a member of one or more support groups, it's time to join. They can help you to find exactly the resources that you and your loved ones need.

Talk to Other Family Members

Other family members may not be able to pitch in to the extent that you can, but that doesn't mean that they can't be of assistance. Perhaps some family members can handle grocery shopping or errands for one or more of your loved ones. Perhaps they can make phone calls for you or handle household tasks. Figure out what they can do and then recruit them for those tasks.

Bring in Senior Care Providers

Some caregivers prefer to wait to bring in senior care providers until they really need help. In the case of multiple care recipients, though, you're more likely to hit that wall sooner rather than later. Don't wait until you're at your wit's end. Bring in extra help now so that you can continue to cope with everyone's changing needs.

Keep your own limitations in mind and revisit your plans often to see if there are additional solutions that can help.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring senior care in San Jose, CA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers today (408) 259-5930.