Asking for help is never a weakness
by Julia Bertola, Communications Intern & Chrissy Jarvie, Communications Lead
In stressful situations, how likely are you to ask for help?
Everyone faces challenges in life and it’s often true that when pride and independence get in the way, the greatest struggle becomes asking for help, even when it’s readily available.
For some people, asking for help feels like a weakness; that depending on others is admitting failure. These myths are harmful and untrue. The reality is that humans are hardwired to rely on each other – it’s why we form friendships and relationships and build communities and cities. We are stronger together and collaboration is one of our great strengths in any situation.
Caledon is a great example, a community bursting at the seams with friendly and understanding people who are always willing to lend a hand when needed.
At Caledon Community Services (CCS) we know that it can be hard to ask for help when caring for loved ones. We also know that these situations can be some of the most physically, mentally and emotionally draining challenges we face. That’s why CCS’ Respite Companionship program is an invaluable resource.
Respite at CCS is available for seniors and adults with disabilities and allows clients and respite caregivers to build relationships and schedules that best suit their needs. Care is provided in client homes and/or in the community and can include light meal preparation or accompaniment to social and recreational events. This allows primary caregivers a chance to rest, recharge and attend to their own needs, knowing their loved ones are safe and well cared for.
“This program really is Caledon’s best kept secret and we want everyone to know about it,” says Kim Shadlock, Senior Manager, Health Services. “What we provide is the connection between clients and respite caregivers, allowing each one to build their own unique relationship. It’s a vital service that we’re proud to provide.”
As the holiday season approaches, we know stress levels tend to rise and encourage you to use the help that is available to make this holiday more enjoyable for all. Respite is just one of the many programs and services CCS provides and there are many more that we offer to help at every stage of life.
We urge you to visit www.ccs4u.org to get help, get involved or give back. Seeking help could be the beginning of a healthier life for you and your loved ones. In Caledon, all you have to do is ask!