We have always found it fitting that the month we set aside to
reflect on all the things in life that make us grateful is the same
month that we set aside to honor family caregivers. Of course, just like
our gratitude, our respect and admiration for family caregivers is
ongoing, twelve months a year. Still, it’s nice to have a special time
set aside to ensure that they really feel the love. In this, the month
when we give special thanks, here are some ways to show a family
caregiver that you appreciate all that they do.
• Provide a set
time of respite each week. It’s always nice to get an unexpected break,
but it’s even more important to be able to count on a certain time each
week when you can have a little time to take care of your needs: whether
you spend it at appointments, having lunch with friends, at the gym or
just grabbing 40 winks.
• Advocate for them. Family caregivers
often come under attack from the very senior they’re caring for, from
their spouses and children for being stretched too thinly or from
siblings who disagree with the decisions they are making. Sometimes,
this can wear them down so much, they forget to stick up for themselves…
but that doesn’t make it any less difficult. You can help by being in
their corner whenever possible.
• Make a point to tell them “thank
you.” Even if they know how you feel, it is always nice to hear it.
Those two simple words could be the ones they’ve been longing to hear
and it’s taken this long for someone, anyone, to say them.
listen. Not every problem has a solution but sometimes being able to
vent or talk about it can make all the difference in the world.
more information on how Home Instead could provide respite care so your
family caregiver gets the necessary breaks, please contact Home Instead Senior Care serving Central Oregon at 541-330-6400 or Like Us on Facebook.
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