Enlist Help & Assign Duties
Family wants to help, but often times they don't know what to do or how to organize their efforts.
You need help. Whether you know it or not, taking care of an aging parent or family member takes a toll on the best of us. Having family help out allows us not to feel as alone or overwhelmed. In turn, this allows us to push back on resentment, caregiver burnout and providing poor quality care. Additionally, working with family to help take care of a commonly loved family member can strengthen bods, even across long distances.
How To Get Family Involved
Follow the steps below to get your family on board your caregiving team.
- Inform your family of your intent
Send an email to all family members who you would like to be on your caregiving team. Let them know that you would appreciate some help with taking care of your shared family member of the coming years. Tell them to go to the HowToCare.org website and create their free account.
- Add family members to your caregiving team
Login to your account and go to your care receiver's "Care Team" page. Add your family members one at a time by searching our system for their email address.
- Select permission levels
Assign each family member the permission level that would be appropriate for them. For a sibling, you may wish to grant them administrator access to help with bigger picture items. For a grandchild, you may wish to grant them "Helper" status so they can focus on only their tasks, like calling Grammy once a week.
- Assign tasks!
Now you can finally get your new team members active by assigning them tasks!
If some of your added team members do not show up when assigning tasks, they may not have accepted your invitation to become a member. Give them a call or send them an email to let them know that they need to accept your invitation.