4. Recognize that no one can do it (caregiving) alone. How many family members and close friends can contribute to caregiving? Can tasks and responsibilities be divided among family members? The primary caregiver can make a list of needed help and supportive family and friends can pick their chores.
For example, daughter who lives close to Dad may be the person who checks on Dad every day. Another daughter volunteers to clean house and bring fresh cooked meals every Saturday. Daughter who lives 1000 miles away flies in several times a year to help out and relieve her sisters for respite breaks. A grandson takes over the yard work. This family hires a neighbor lady/certified home health aide to check on their dad periodically throughout the day while the daughters are working. By working together, this family honors their dad’s wishes and supports each other.