5 Ways to Help a Family CaregiverFind ideas to help a family caregiver.
While rewarding, caregiving for a loved one can be both emotionally and physically taxing at times. Most who fill the role do so while balancing another job as well as their existing home life. In fact, it is not uncommon for many caregivers to feel overwhelmed at times – in turn, creating sleepless nights, bouts of anxiety and other medical problems due to the mounting stress.
That’s why it’s important to remind – and also show – him or her they aren’t alone in this journey. Here are some ways you can provide a much-needed hand to the caregiver in your life.
- Offer your time – Maybe your family caregiver needs to run an errand or wants/needs to attend an event. Ask if you can step in to pick something up or take their senior for a walk while they step out.
- Send a note, letter or small gift – Let a caregiver know they are appreciated, and remind them the difference they are making in the life of a loved one.
- Suggest local resources – There are many resources that caregivers can take advantage of, such as: Ready to Care, AAA, and government programs that specialize in providing financial and other assistance.
- Attend a support group – Many meaningful relationships can be made by getting involved with a unique community group. Why not attend the first one with your caregiver?
- Ask how they are doing – Sometimes the best thing we can do is lend an ear and listen, allowing the other person to vent and vocalize what is going on in their life.
What are some of your suggestions for helping a caregiver? Let us know in the comments.
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