HOW TO GET HELP IF YOUR CHILD HAS SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS

Parents who are raising children often think of juggling soccer games, ballet rehearsals, and grocery shopping when they think of the balancing act of raising children.

When your child is sick or disabled, your schedule is likely to be full of doctor’s appointments, therapy, and waiting for doctors and insurance companies to get back to you.

Help is what you’re in need of. Is there a way to obtain it? Here are a few ideas for making things go more quickly.

Don’t be afraid to ask for support from your friends and relatives.

It’s difficult to ask for or accept aid when everyone is so busy. If your children or partner don’t do things the same way you do, it can be difficult to let them help. Or maybe you’re just not the kind to openly admit when you’re stressed out to others. After all, it is required of parents to be able to multitask and balance the requirements of everyone. However, you aren’t a god. Rather than a sign of weakness, asking for aid from others is a display of strength. In order to be a better person and parent, you need to recharge your batteries on a regular basis. It’s time to go ahead and say “yes” to that friend or family member.

Honesty is the best policy.

By revealing your circumstance, you’re opening yourself up to others. When you say, “It’s difficult to go to the hospital on my alone,” you’re providing a friend the opportunity to offer, “I’d like to accompany you.” When you admit to your loved ones that getting supper on the table can be a challenge, they understand how much you value their assistance in getting a hot meal on the table.

Make a list of what you want.

The phrase “Let me know if I can do anything” has been used many times. Do you ever say “I’ll” and then fail to follow through? A lot of people are willing to help, but they’re not sure how. Make a list of all the things that will make your life easier, and then start working on those items. Finally, match the work with a pal whose help you can rely on most. Do you require assistance with the pick-up of your other children? Ask a neighbor who is already taking care of their own children for help. To give yourself a break, enlist the help of family members who are willing to perform something they like, such as watching your child or preparing meals that can be frozen. Asking can be made easier with the help of social media. Using social media or one of the many caregiver websites, you can post your needs. As an example, if you need dinner twice a week, your pals can sign up for tasks that best fit their abilities and schedules on these websites.

Collaborate with other family members or friends who can help.

Parents of disabled children often believe that they are the only ones capable of caring for their children. It’s definitely okay to take a break every now and then from the monotony of everyday life. You are training your child to deal with uncertainty by entrusting him or her to a trusted nanny or family member. Resilience and flexibility are valuable life skills that should be taught to all children.

Check out caregiver training to be sure the person who will be helping you is up to the task. Siblings, parents, grandparents, instructors, and babysitters can all benefit from programs offered by many hospitals and governmental social service agencies.

Take a look at in-home health care as an option.

If your child’s medical issues are long-term or severe, some insurance companies will cover the cost of an in-home health assistant or visiting nurse for a few hours a week. Call your insurance company to determine whether you qualify for benefits. Children with impairments or developmental disorders, such as autism, may also be eligible for respite care services. It is possible to have a caregiver come to your home for a few hours or overnight, or to participate in a community drop-off program.

Get help from the pros.

Consult with a member of your child’s care team, such as a social worker. A social worker can help you locate local resources and support that can alleviate some of the strain on your shoulders (and your bank account). Respite, government assistance, and financial aid are all included. Social workers can also provide emotional assistance and self-care. You can also get information about accessible resources from family advocates, such as the parent advocates at your local chapter of Family Voices.

Hang out with a pal.

Seeking assistance does not always entail making a request of another person. Keeping in touch with loved ones is often the most important thing a caregiver can do. When your children need you nearby, it can be difficult. So, when the kids have gone to bed, invite a buddy over. Whether it’s over a cup of coffee, supper, or a movie, you can have a conversation. Spend some time laughing and interacting with people to relieve stress. Online and in-person support groups might be beneficial as well.

The truth is that most people are eager to lend a hand. Your entire family will benefit if you communicate your specific needs to your loved ones, friends, and health care providers so that they can assist you.

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