They are the ones providing elder care to their loved ones every day, helping to ensure that their family members get to stay at home as long as possible. They play a critical role in our nation's long term care system with their unpaid assistance and support. They are both men and women, and they often perform complex medical tasks for their ill, disabled, or aging loved ones. They serve as full time partners who have the best interest of their loved ones at heart. They are our nation's 90 million family caregivers.
In honor of National Family Caregivers Month, let's consider ways we can celebrate and honor those who take on the selfless role of family caregiver:
- Give them a break. Offer to fill in for a few hours so that a caregiver can take some much-needed time with family and friends. Encourage them to relax and recharge; caregiving is often both physically and emotionally draining.
- Reach out to local businesses. Get in touch with nearby businesses and request that they offer a small perk to family caregivers during the month of November.
- Cook a meal. Consider preparing a Thanksgiving feast for a busy caregiver. Or, alternatively, simply provide a warm meal any day of the week!
- Decorate for the holidays. Volunteer to decorate a caregiver's home for the approaching holidays. Or simply offer to help an overworked caregiver with his or her holiday shopping.
- Make them laugh. Don't underestimate the power of a little comic relief. Give a caregiver tickets to the local comedy club. Enjoy a home movie marathon consisting of your favorite comedies-- and your favorite caregiver.
- Write a letter. A simple thank you goes a long way. Send a caregiver a bouquet of flowers with a handwritten letter attached. Let the caregiver know how much he or she is appreciated-- and that his or her sacrifices aren't overlooked.
Finally, remember that while November is officially designated as National Family Caregivers Month, your support, gratitude, and appreciation for the caregivers in your life should be expressed year round.
For more information on hiring caregivers for your loved ones, please contact us.
- Parents of Developmentally Disabled Children Benefit From Peer Mentors
- What You Should Know About a Career in Social Work
- A Child With Autism Paints Masterpieces
- The Critical Connection Between Physical Therapy & Down Syndrome
- Down Syndrome & Alzheimers - An Unlikely Pair