People who help older adults often face new situations.
They might start helping with a task while they still have questions about why or how to do it. They might not know to connect with local resources that could make things easier for them and the older adult.
Taking on new tasks is easier if the person who’s helping:
To understand the task and the bigger picture, helpers can ask about:
Information and training help people take on new tasks. People who may offer or can recommend workshops, classes, instructional videos or guides include:
When someone takes on a new task, it can take time for them to feel comfortable doing it. Others can help by answering questions and giving feedback.
Many tasks can be done in different ways. If there are disagreements, people can discuss whether there’s a “right” and “wrong” way, or just “my” and “your” way to do the task.
If someone isn’t able to take on a new task, solutions include asking other family or friends to help, looking for community programs or paying helpers.