How are you spending the holidays this year? You may be spending them catching up with close friends and family members. During those visits, however, it is also important that you check in with the family caregiver. Unfortunately, during the holidays, new developments about your senior loved one’s health may come to light. If your senior loved one’s care needs have increased, much of that burden may be placed on the caregiver. The holidays are a great time to show your appreciation for your caregiver and ensure that his or her own needs are being taken care of. This is why we want to share a few ways that you can express your gratitude and check in with your family caregiver this holiday season.
- Simply listen to your caregiver.
Caregiving can be an isolating profession. Creating a safe place where your caregiver feels able to express their feelings and concerns to you may help alleviate some of his or her worries. If your caregiver does not feel comfortable coming to you with their concerns, you may consider connecting them with caregiver support groups or counseling that may help eradicate some feelings of isolation.
- Express your feelings in words.
Sometimes it can be difficult to express your feelings in words. Unfortunately, caregivers cannot read our minds! Take a few minutes to write down your thoughts and appreciation for the important role that they play in a letter or card. That way, the caregiver can reflect back on it as they like, and you have free reign to really think about what you want to say.
- Enlist additional help.
It may be challenging for your caregiver to admit when he or she needs a break or more help. Whether you encourage your caregiver to take more frequent breaks or enlist some additional family members to help, your caregiver will appreciate the well-earned break. You may also wish to consider respite care for your senior loved one. This type of care program will provide you with some peace of mind that your loved one is being well-taken care of, while the family caregiver is taking some time for themselves.
When it comes to your senior loved one, we know you want them to have the best care possible. It is important, however, for your loved one’s caregiver to have the opportunity to take care of their own well-being in order to provide your loved one with the care they need. It is equally as important to ensure that you are expressing your appreciation and gratitude for your caregiver frequently. Did this article raise questions for you? Do not wait to contact our office for some further guidance on this matter.