Getting organized

Organizing demands and delegating tasks

Although it might take a little time, getting organised will probably save you time in the long run:

  • If you are overloaded with tasks, prioritise what is essential to do and postpone or cancel other tasks.
  • Arrange to share or delegate certain caregiving tasks and other demands.
  • Make use of appropriate services and community organisations available in your area to support the person, yourself and the family (e.g. financial or respite services and peer support groups).
  • If it is hard to manage work and the demands of the illness, find out about possibilities for leave and flexible working hours. Discuss these possibilities with your employer before deciding to leave to become a full-time caregiver.

Finding ways to restore your energy

Making even a little time to do things that you find relaxing, or enjoyable may help to restore your energy. If the person is severely ill and cannot be left alone, arrange for someone else to be with them or for respite care while you have a break.