National Family Caregivers Month
Posted on November 29, 2016
in Family Caregivers
The month of November
is all about Thanksgiving – but what many don’t know is that November
is also National Family Caregivers Month. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, take
time to show your appreciation to family caregivers for all that they do.
Caregiver duties are much more than just providing assistance for
everyday tasks. The caregiver in your family does their best to be someone you
can always count on. Family caregivers are constantly sacrificing their own
time and resources to ensure the health and happiness of their loved ones. Whether
you’re the relative of a family caregiver or someone receiving care, it’s
always important to recognize their hard work.
Continue reading to learn more about all that family caregivers do
and ways you can express your gratitude to the caregiver in your family.
What Family Caregivers Give
- Care. Family
caregivers assume many responsibilities when providing care. These
responsibilities include preparing meals, administering medication, and assisting with household
chores. Family caregivers also often assist with personal care such as bathing,
dressing, and grooming.
- Support. Family
caregivers continually give their loved ones support by driving and
accompanying them to appointments. Having someone with you during difficult
times can make all the difference.
encourage their loved one to live their life to the fullest. They’re always suggesting
their loved ones shouldn’t let their age stop them from doing things that they
enjoy. They want nothing more than for their loved one to be happy and healthy.
- Patience. Sometimes,
being a family caregiver can be frustrating. Family caregivers can occasionally
have arguments with their loved ones. They can also get overwhelmed with their
responsibilities, especially if they are new to caregiving. Despite this,
family caregivers strive to be patient and understanding.
- Time. Most often,
being a family caregiver comes with little to no compensation. Family
caregivers typically have a full time job on top of caregiving and very little
time for themselves at the end of the day. Yet, they are still available
whenever their loved ones need them. Family caregivers continuously sacrifice
their time to care for their loved one’s well-being.
all, family caregivers are your friends. Family caregivers are always trying to
find ways to make their loved one smile. They regularly have cheerful conversations
with their loved ones and make them laugh. When their loved ones are feeling
down, caregivers also there to be a shoulder for them to lean on.
How You Can Give Back
words. If you have a caregiver in your family, let them know you appreciate them – it can go a long way. Remember
to say things like “please” and “thank you.” It can be easy to forget these
things when you’re accustomed to having them around.
If you’re receiving care, understand that your family caregiver works hard to
ensure your comfort. Let them know that you notice when they pay attention to
the little details. This could be from preparing your favorite food to driving
you to an appointment. Lastly, greet them with a smile to brighten up their
actions. It’s not easy being a family caregiver, so try to be thoughtful
whenever you can. If your sister is a caregiver for your mother, be sure to
give her some time off. This way, she can have some time for herself to rest
Don’t forget to check in with your family caregiver. Ask them how they’re doing
when you see them. If Aunt Lily has been driving Grandpa to his appointments
every week, offer to help pay for her gas or alternate weeks with her.
Caregivers may seem like super heroes, but they are only human and have bad
days too. It’s nice to let the caregiver in your life know you understand and
reciprocate the patience they give you.
- Gifts. Getting
your family caregiver a gift is a great way to show your appreciation and
put a smile on their face. Treat your family caregiver to a spa day or a massage.
Another great option is to take them out to a nice meal at their favorite
If you can’t afford a luxurious gift,
that’s alright. Pay attention to the small details such as their favorite snack
or book. Sometimes just a simple thank you card with a handwritten message can
mean just as much. At the end of the day, it’s the thought that counts.
Thank You To Our Family Caregivers
Happy National Family Caregivers Month to all family caregivers.
You all provide so much for us and ask for so little in return. November is
National Family Caregivers Month, but we should let our family caregivers know
that we appreciate them every single day. If you have a family caregiver in
your life, remember to say “Thank you!”
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