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Giving Thanks to Family Caregivers

by Deah on Monday, November 14, 2016 11:31 PM

November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to say thank you and offer support to the 40 million plus family caregivers in the United States. These people are our friends, neighbors, relatives, and coworkers.

 


 

These caregivers are unskilled and untrained family members who sacrifice their own time and health to tend to the needs of a loved one. While these tasks are done with love they are often not pretty: changing soiled bedding, catheters, feed tubes; dispensing medications; providing transportation; grocery and household shopping; and many, many more responsibilities. Most of this is done without pay, while taking care of everything else in their own lives.

It is very important to show appreciation to the people who make these sacrifices. During this month of giving thanks, show your appreciation by:

  • Preparing a Meal – this does not have to be a fancy dish- just prepare a double batch of whatever your family is having for dinner. 
  • Offer Some Alone Time – this may mean picking children up from school for a play date or offering to take the care recipient to an appointment or grocery shopping. If financially feasible, present a certificate to a favorite restaurant or a massage.
  • Provide Some Hard Labor – tending to the lawn or garden may be helpful. Raking leaves or shoveling snow, or how about a little handy man work around the house.
  • Offer Your Time - sit with the care recipient for a spell while your friend takes some well-deserved time to him or herself. Offer to run some errands, perhaps picking up prescriptions.
  • Be a Good Listener – often there is a need for a good supportive friend to just listen while frustrations are vented. Remember your friend may have put their own ambitions, social networking, and goals on hold.
  • Encourage Socialization – caregivers tend to isolate themselves from family and friends. Maintaining these relationships is vital to a caregiver’s mental and physical health.
  • Acknowledge their Commitment – just a personal note or card acknowledging that you see their commitment to caregiving will help a caregiver to know they are appreciated. This works well for those who know a caregiver and do not live close by to help out otherwise.

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Lori Paterno, M.Ed. Has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling From Penn State University.  She has over 20 years professional experience in Human Services, Counseling, and Education.

Lori Paterno, M.Ed. Has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling From Penn State University.  She has over 20 years professional experience in Human Services, Counseling, and Education. 
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