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Honoring the Family Caregiver

By Kelly A. Petty, Marketing Care Manager

As the calendar turns to November, we would like to take a moment to recognize and thank caregivers during National Caregivers Month.

At Home Helpers, our caregivers play an important role in the well-being of our clients, and we try hard to honor and appreciate the exceptional work they do on a daily basis. Additionally this month, we also want to acknowledge the caregivers within each family system and the wonderful work they do which is often taken for granted or underappreciated.

According to The National Family Caregiver Association, “Over 50 million Americans are recognized this month during National Family Caregivers Month. The estimated value of the ‘free’ services provided by these family members caring for loved ones who are frail, chronically ill or disabled is a conservatively estimated to be $200 billion annually.”

Which is why November is an important month to put aside some time to recognize caregivers you know and show them your appreciation. From providing a day of respite, to acting as a sounding board or just helping with small things around the house, there are many ways individuals can show their family caregiver appreciation.

Honor a caregiver this month, and beyond, with one of these caring ideas!

  1. Help Caregivers with Everyday Needs

Caregivers are devoted to helping others so this month, change that and help them! Maybe they need help with everyday chores like running their own errands or cooking for their own family. Help a caregiver in your life by offering to help with those actions. A great gesture is cooking up some meals like a casserole or filling lasagna that they can freeze and easily reheat on days when cooking is too time-consuming to do. 

  1. Give Caregivers a Care Package

There are a variety of care packages that you can give to a caregiver this November. The essence of these packages is to make home healthcare a little easier. You can easily put together these packages by purchasing items from Drugstore.com, Walgreens.com, and Amazon, and the line can be found regionally in select CVS, Rite-Aid, and grocery stores. Here are a couple ideas: 

Germ Control Kit

Kit contains 5 products for preventing the spread of common home healthcare. Includes: antimicrobial hand soap, germicidal bleach wipes, disinfecting and deodorizing spray, non-latex gloves, and hand sanitizer.

Bed Bath & Hygiene Kit

Kit contains 5 products for maintaining hygiene in a home healthcare setting. Includes: no-rinse shampoo, bathing wipes, aloe moisturizing lotion, non-latex gloves, and hand sanitizer. • For giving a bed bath to individuals with limited mobility who cannot take a full bath or shower.

Pamper Themselves Kit

Selection of hot teas or coffee, bath salts, lotion, fruit, homemade cookies and nice decadent chocolates.

  1. Get Involved With Their Work

Spend a day in their shoes. Contact groups that you can volunteer with or if you personally know a caregiver, offer to help them with their daily work. You could even volunteer to assist their care recipient, if both the caregiver and care recipient are obliging and you’re prepped for the duty, so they can have a night off and do something fun with their friends or family. You could also start a caregiver’s support group and get involved with meetings!

  1. Publicly Honor Caregivers

You can work with local businesses to offer free services, discounts or meals for caregivers. Share a story about a caregiver you know with your local newspaper or television station. Host a luncheon to honor the caregivers in your life or in your community. A thank you for them goes a long way 

  1. Organize an Event

Organize a local event in your community to honor caregivers or a “thank you” event to celebrate all they do. Host a fundraising event where people can donate. Hire an expert in the field of caregiving and host an evening presentation so all those in the community can really get to know who caregivers really are.