Caring for an aging family member is a true act of love, but with it, comes a myriad of responsibilities.
For someone who hasn’t served as a family caregiver, it may be difficult to understand the physical, mental and emotional aspects of this role—but that doesn’t mean you can’t be supportive throughout their journey.
Whether you’re receiving care or simply lending a hand, these conversation topics can help you show your admiration and appreciation for a family caregiver in your life.
1. “I’ve been thinking of you. How are you?”
Family caregivers rarely stop to think about their personal needs. They’re so busy caring for others that they often neglect their own health and happiness.
As you sit down for a meal or stop by for a visit, share this sentiment. Caregiving can be lonely at times, so be sure to remind them that they’re in your thoughts.
2. “I appreciate everything you do.”
It’s important to recognize the hard work of family caregivers. They spend long hours providing comfort and care to others in need without expecting anything in return. Make sure he or she knows how valued they are.
Whether it’s in person or over the phone, tell them how thankful you are for all that they do. Sharing your appreciation can go a long way in making their day. Not to mention, it can remind them of why they chose to be a caregiver, lifting their spirits in the process.
3. “How can I help you?”
If you’re noticing signs of caregiver burnout, lend a hand by offering to pick up groceries, run errands or simply spend time with the person they care for, so he or she can take a much-need break.
Note when you offer to help, they may have trouble accepting it at first. If he or she turns you down, try again another time. Being persistent—without being overbearing—lets them know your offer is sincere.
>>>Related Resource: Read 5 Ways to Help Support and Care for a Family Caregiver.
4. “I’m here to listen anytime you want to talk.”
Caregiving can be extremely rewarding and challenging all in one. Simply acknowledging that the situation is difficult can be comforting to a caregiver. It validates their feelings, letting them know that you are available to talk.
If they need to vent, remind them that you are no more than a phone call away to listen.
Caregivers give so much and expect so little in return. These conversation topics are just one way to show your appreciation for their kindness and compassion.
Additional Conversation Starters for Family Caregivers
Caregiving is often a 24/7 job. To show your gratitude to a family caregiver in your life, we encourage you to download Busch’s Essential Guide to Meaningful Conversation. Packed with 25+ conversation topics, this guide is designed to help you engage in meaningful conversation with the people who matter most to you.