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4. Become very aware of your monthly schedule and how others might be able to slip into caregiver role and give you a hand. Remember, you must be ready to give them a date, time and duties when they offer assistance to you. Make a list of specific tasks that someone else could handle for you. Perhaps itís hands on assistance with personal care for your loved one or providing transportation to an appointment or activity, administering medications, helping with housework, doing grocery shopping. You may even want to categorize these tasks so it will be easier to help decide who might be best person for job.
Itís very important for you to learn to ask for and accept help when it is offered. Care giving at best of times is certainly more than a Ďone man jobí. Realize just how extraordinary you are as a human being and recognize how important you are in caring for your loved one.
Love, honor and value yourself. Remember, by taking good care of your own health and emotions you will in turn be better able to help your loved one and enjoy a happier, less stressful lifestyle.
Lois Galloway is a Professional Coach. Lois is also the founder of Discover Yourself Coaching which specializes in coaching and caring for caregivers. To learn more about how you, as a caregiver can live 97% guilt free, please visit her web site at http://www.discoveryourselfcoaching.com You can also sign up for the Caregivers Monthly Newsletter.