Caregivers are paid or unpaid people who assist others with daily tasks and needs. They often take on responsibilities such as coordinating medical appointments, medications, household chores, assist with bathing and dressing, and so much more.
In family members, this care is often given on top of full or part-time employment and providing for their own families. Most older adults with long-term care needs—65%—rely exclusively on family and friends to provide assistance. An estimated 66% of caregivers are female.
Today, on Caregiver Appreciation Day, we want to say thank you to all the caretakers out there. Here are a few ideas of how you can recognize and show your appreciation too:
- Thank you note | Letting a caregiver know that they are noticed for the work they do is vital. It can be hard work and often overlooked. Taking a moment to say that you appreciate and see the value in the work they do can help them know they are important.
- Meaningful gift | A gift card for something they may not give themselves: a spa day, nice restaurant, movie, live theater, or even donating to a cause they care about. Caregivers can get overwhelmed and forget to take care of themselves so any gift that reminds them to do so is perfect.
- A break | You may not be able to give a caregiver a complete break, but you can help with some basic tasks to make it easier. Bring them a meal, pick up groceries, take laundry or dry cleaning, or visit with their loved one while they take some quick downtime.
No matter what, a simple “thank you” goes a long way to appreciating these people who give so much to our aging and disabled population. Thank you from Parkview!