Voice Your Needs

Nov. 4, 2020 – After you’ve taken the plunge and set aside some time for yourself, you wonder why your nephew didn’t do anything else at your house other than just sitting with your husband until you got back. But the truth is, sometimes people don’t know what they can do. They may think their support is not needed, or maybe we simply didn’t ask them. Spare yourself grief (or even anger) by beginning to voice your needs directly. The next time the nephew steps in, let him know you need him to fold the laundry or trim your husband’s fingernails also; assign him a task that would lighten your load. 

People will always say, “If you need anything, call me.” Don’t wait for people (even other family members) to figure out what needs to be done. Learn to delegate responsibilities within the family and follow up on offers to call if you need assistance. You will find that others are willing to help when we voice our needs and let them.

Published by Ardella

My mother’s experience through Alzheimer’s was nearly a 5-year journey. During that time, I learned how to be a caregiver along with other family members and friends. During that time I kept a journal which I later turned into the book, Learning to Love Olivia: A Daughter’s Journal of Her Mother’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s. This blog will draw on some of that content along with my experiences with other caregivers and will hopefully offer support and encouragement to those who find themselves walking in the same shoes.

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