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Monday, November 23, 2015
12 Ways to Reach Out to Caregivers During National Caregivers Appreciation Month
photo by Ocskay Mark via Dollar Photo Club
Chances are you know someone caring for an ill or disabled
This could be due to an illness such as Alzheimer's,
Parkinson's, cancer, stroke, or a variety of other conditions. Some provide
live-in care, others visit daily or weekly, and some oversee care from a
distance or care provided by hired aides or a nursing facility.
No matter how the caregiver performs his or her role,
caregiving is a tough job, requiring resources that are often scarce: time,
money, support, and assistance.
The CDC tells us that more than 34 million unpaid caregivers
provide care to someone age 18 and older who is ill or has a disability, and an
estimated 21 percent of US households are impacted by caregiving
Almost all of this work is unpaid, typically provided by
family members, and often performed around the clock with no breaks. In
addition, many caregivers juggle other responsibilities such as jobs, raising
children, and managing their own households.
November is National Caregivers Appreciation Month, and a
great time to reach out to those providing care and help lighten their load.
In recognition of those who work tirelessly and selflessly
to care for a loved one, here are 12 ways to reach out to caregivers, to offer
assistance and let them know you care. These people need support, and often
that support doesn't cost much, if anything, and takes little time.
1. Ask if you can sit for them a little while so they can
run errands, take a break, see the doctor, or attend church or a caregiver's
support group, whatever they need to do to take care of themselves.
2. Going to the grocery store? Call and ask if there's
anything you can pick up for them.
3. If your employer allows, donate paid sick time, vacation
days, or personal time to a coworker caring for a relative who is hospitalized
or needs post-hospital care.
4. Volunteer to mow the lawn, weed the garden, rake the
leaves, or shovel the snow.
5. Share the bounty, whether from your vegetable or your
flower garden. Fresh produce and fresh flowers are cheerful.
6. If you have the skills and tools, offer to change the oil
in their car and rotate the tires.
7. Again, if you have the skills and tools, offer a free
haircut to the caregiver and/or their loved one.
8. Walk their dog.
9. Ask if they'd like you to wash and clean out their car.
10. Volunteer to take out the trash and bring the barrels
out to the curb on trash day.
11. Double cook a meal, preferably one of their favorites,
and send over a dinner.
12. Include them in your prayers.
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2015, or find us on Facebook.
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