Family caregivers, like Jane in the Sterling family we have been following in this blog, have a difficult time reaching out for help. Knowing that these barriers are there helps a geriatric manager use the tool partnering in the whole family approach.
Family caregivers are reluctant to reach out because
1. They do not know the assistance is available.
2. They do not feel comfortable asking for help.
3. They feel they need to be in control
4. They feel they should be able to do it themselves
5. They do not recognize the need.
The GCM who partners with a caregiver like Jane, Mrs. Sterling’s daughter in our You Tube series, can help the family caregiver take steps towards a resource to help the family. Ms. Full-Charge the GCM showed Jane resources for self care. She did this gradually by introducing self care ideas- like doing yoga. The GCM followed up with brief phone calls to Jane, just to check in. She also suggested tasks for her mother, Mrs. Sterling that she could let go in order to attend yoga class. This is called partnering, by helping the caregiver to work through the challenges of using self-care and getting care for a client.