Did you know nursing care facilities have a median turnover rate of 43%?
For someone who hasn’t served as a professional caregiver, it may be difficult to understand the responsibilities that come with this role.
Caregiving is a mixed bag of trials and triumphs, and in the midst of caring for others, caregivers rarely stop to think about themselves. This can lead to feeling overworked and undervalued, translating to poor retention rates. To reverse these trends, it’s important for caregivers to know just how valued they are
To show your appreciation to a caregiver in Northeast Ohio, try out these activities below.
1. Remind them to take care of themselves.
At times, caregiving can be physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting. If you’re noticing signs of burnout, offer to pick up a shift for your colleague, so they can focus on taking care of their personal health and happiness. This will give them a much-needed break to focus on self-care.
2. Get to know them on a personal level.
A simple way to show your appreciation to a caregiver is to make time for meaningful conversations. Ask your colleague about the challenges they face at work and offer possible strategies and solutions to help them overcome each. Find out about their personal and professional goals and explore ways to help them achieve them.
Who knows, you may come to find you have similar aspirations.
>>>Related Resource: Download Busch’s Essential Guide to Meaningful Conversation.
3. Make a donation in his or her name.
A symbolic way to show your appreciation to a caregiver colleague is to make a donation to a charity that is important to them. This is a unique way for you to pass on the kindness and compassion they exhibit to others everyday.
4. Simply say, “Thank you!"
When was the last time you said “thanks” to a caregiver you work with? Chances are, it’s been awhile. Saying thank you sends a powerful message of appreciation. It tells your colleague that their work does not go unnoticed by others.
5. Share praise from patients and their families.
Have you overheard positive praise from patients and families about a caregiver colleague? If so, give them the means to publicly praise the caregiver(s) you work with every day.
Consider asking patients and their families to report on specific instances when a caregiver has gone above and beyond their duties to offer compassionate care. Then, read those comments at your next staff meeting or share via an internal email.
6. Nominate a caregiver for the Busch Caregiver Award Program.
To show your appreciation to a caregiver, consider nominating him or her for the Busch Caregiver Award program. Our monthly program is designed to recognize the hard work of individuals in our community that have taken on the responsibility of caregiving.
Nominees may be a chaplain, deacon, hospice professional, nurse, physician, social worker, volunteer or anyone else who is seen as a caregiver in Northeast Ohio.
Once selected, monthly awardees are honored on our website, monthly email and social media platforms. They’re also given a gift card and plaque for their commitment to serving others.
>>>Related Resource: Check out our 2018 Caregiver Award Recipients.
Caregiving can seem like a thankless job. To show your appreciation for their sacrifice and service, you can take these simple steps to let them know how much you care.
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