Caregivers Helping Caregivers in Practical Ways – Examples

Some of you may be thinking that as a caregiver you have no more to give. The idea of helping another person, other than the one you are already helping, seems to be going in the opposite direction of the way you need to go. Caregivers helping caregivers? How ironic, paradoxical. Nevertheless, giving and receiving help to and from other caregivers may be the exact thing you need. There may be one caregiver you can help and receive help from in numerous ways or multiple caregivers you might help and receive help from in one way. You will save yourself some emotional energy if you do not try to keep up with who is helping who the most. Just feel good about the help each of you is receiving. It might be that you help one caregiver and a different caregiver helps you at another time. If you form a support group of caregivers in your geographic area the possibilities of help multiply. Don’t forget about us here online, though. Sharing ideas and information here helps people far and wide. 🙂

Keep an open mind about it and try to think of solutions that are in and out of the box. Don’t worry about your house being messy. That just means you need help. Chances are that other caregivers have a messy house at times, too. Consider the following examples and then think up other examples that might fit your situation.

Taking turns grocery shopping

For some the hardest aspect of grocery shopping is getting ready to go and then getting into and out of the car. If you are already doing that for yourself, would it be possible to pick up groceries for someone else on the same trip and drop them off on your way home? This way each of you could skip grocery shopping every other time.

Caregiving for Each Other

At times it is nice to have some alone time either to get some things done or to take a nap, or whatever. If you are home with your care recipient, could you possibly have another care recipient in the house while another caregiver gets some things done alone? Perhaps you could trade out times with this, or you might just do this to help someone else who is going through an especially rough time. Caring for an extra care recipient might have its benefits even if the other caregiver cannot do the same for you. Perhaps a young child would be entertaining for your care recipient, and you might not have as many distractions from your parent or non-ambulatory child or husband if they are being entertained.

Shared Cooking

If you take the time to find out meals that would work for both households, and you live close enough to each other, you might be able to take turns cooking supper now and then, or on a regular basis. An alternative would be for 1 to make 2 recipes of squash casserole and the other to make 2 recipes of broccoli casserole and then trade out 1 recipe of each. Obviously casseroles may not be an option for very busy caregivers; but even food prep trades might help, such as one slicing apples and pears and the other caregiver cutting carrot sticks and celery sticks. Stopping by for 5 minutes or a longer visit to trade out food preps can be a helpful antidote to the loneliness some caregivers experience.

Socializing and Helping

How about taking your care recipient to the home of another care recipient and let the 2 care recipients visit while you visit with and help the other caregiver? Maybe you could chat while you dust or clean in the kitchen.

Trade Out Tasks You Do Not Like for Ones You Do

Do you hate grocery shopping but love cooking? See if there is another caregiver in your area who loves grocery shopping but hates cooking and trade out tasks.


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