When it comes to caring for a loved one, that responsibility tends to fall on the shoulders of a single family member, making them the designated caregiver. If the loved one isn’t already at an assisted living community, that caregiver may be in charge of checking up on them, taking them to doctor’s visits, arranging for their medication, etc.
If you are the one who manages most of the caregiver duties, that can be a lot of work. It’s OK to want to share that responsibility with the rest of the family. But in order to do that, you need to be able to ask for help. Your family may not realize that you are struggling to balance everything. And If you have volunteered to shoulder the responsibility in the past, they may be hesitant to interfere now.
But it is possible to unload some of those duties and share them with others. Having shared responsibilities among family members is important even after a senior is living in an assisted living community. As you begin to think about talking to your family, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Caring for a loved one doesn’t have to be a job you handle on your own. Our assisted living communities have years of experience delivering quality care and support to seniors. It may just be the solution you’re searching for. To learn more, give us a call.