“Steps for seeking solutions”
January 9, 2023
- Identify the problem. Look at the situation with an open mind. The real problem might not be
what first comes to mind. For example, you think that the problem is simply that you are tired all
the time, when the more basic difficulty is your belief that “no one can care for John like I can.”
The problem? Thinking that you have to do everything yourself.
- List possible solutions. One idea is to try a different perspective: “Even though someone else
provides help to John in a different way than I do, it can be just as good.” Ask a friend to help (brainstorming, suggesting new perspectives).
- Check the Lifespan Respite WA resources pages for:
- Select one solution from the list. Then try it!
- Evaluate the results. Ask yourself how well your choice worked.
- Try a second solution. If your first idea didnʼt work, select another. But donʼt give up on the
first; sometimes an idea just needs fine-tuning.
- Use other resources. Ask friends, family members, and professionals for suggestions.
- If nothing seems to help, accept that the problem may not be solvable now. You can revisit it at
Check out the original article: Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers (Family Caregiver Alliance)