November is National Family Caregiver Month, so as the month is coming to an end, take the time to honor caregivers you know. Since 1994, we have celebrated this month by recognizing caregivers and all the hard work they do. How do you plan on sharing your appreciation with the caregivers in your life? Here are just a few ideas for ways to show them how thankful you are.
1. Provide them with resources.
If you are not a caregiver yourself, it might be difficult to understand the struggles they have. Sharing support groups, forums, training sessions, and informational sites with a caregiver could be a huge help to them. With these resources, they can learn more from others in similar situations about how to deal with issues that arise while caregiving. Additional and more general resources on topics like health, safety, and security sites such as these ones from Healthfinder, Consumer Safety, and SimpliSafe are also useful for caregivers monitoring their patient’s wellbeing.
2. Give them a day off.
If possible, let the family caregiver take the day off by caring for the patient yourself or finding a caregiver in the area to assist. Perhaps the caregiver could use this time to visit their favorite museums or even just to relax at home. Caregiving is often a 24/7 task and can be quite stressful, so surprising a caregiver with a day off might be the best gift you can give them! As an extra gift, give them a gift certificate to their favorite spa or restaurant to make sure they take the day off to get some personal time.
3. Share the importance of caregiving with others.
One way you can show a caregiver how important they are is by teaching others about caregiving. An example is to share information on caregiving with family members and friends – maybe through a post on social media. You can then get together with others to write a thank you letter or card to caregivers you know. Caregivers touch the lives of many and it would be wonderful to let them know how much they mean to you.
4. Donate in their name.
It’s likely that as a caregiver, there are causes that affect them and they care deeply about. If they’re caring for a patient that’s dealing with Alzheimer’s, cancer, or some other disease with a foundation, donate what you can to the one they like. If not, ask them for a cause that matters to them, then donate to their favorite foundation. This way, you can pay their good deeds forward.
By Cameron Smith