Did you know November is National Family Caregivers Month? This month, we give thanks to our family members who lovingly provide comfort and care to those in need.
To celebrate those who willingly give their time, money and energy into caregiving, we’ve rounded up three things you can do throughout the month to observe National Family Caregivers Month.
1. Attend a Caregiving Workshop
Early on, many people feel ill-prepared to provide the physical, mental and emotional care that is required of them when caring for a loved one at home.
Luckily, organizations throughout Northeast Ohio offer caregiver workshops at various places and times throughout the year to help caregivers tend to the needs of their loved one with confidence.
If a close family member or friend has recently stepped into the caregiving role, consider attending a workshop together. While it may seem simple, attending a workshop can go a long way in making a caregiver feel comfortable in their new role.
2. Share Caregiver Resources
For those stepping into a caregiving role for the first time, they may not understand everything that goes into caregiving. Luckily, there’s plenty of caregiver resources available both online and offline for you to share with them including:
- 3 Self-Care Tips for Caregivers
- 4 Tips for Caring for a Loved One with Dementia
- How Family Caregivers Can Provide the Highest Quality of Care
- 4 Steps to Alleviate the Stress of Moving an Elderly Parent Out of Their Home
Sharing these resources with a caregiver will not only help them adjust to their new role, but it will also help you understand what they go through on a daily basis. Having an understanding of this will bring you two closer, as they feel comfortable turning to you and asking for help.
As you read up on important topics like caregiver burnout, make sure to give them a break every now and then. Doing this shows your support. And, while you may not be able to help out every day with grooming or transporting, you can serve as a listening ear when they need to vent.
>>>Related Resource: Download Busch’s Complimentary Guide for First-Time Family Caregivers.
3. Share Their Story
Family caregivers are unsung heroes for those they care for, and they deserve to be recognized by others for their kindness and compassion.
National Family Caregivers Month is an opportunity to do just that by organizing a get-together to honor the family caregiver in your life and help share his or her story. Invite close family members and friends to bring awareness to their needs. In doing so, others may feel compelled to offer a lending hand when it comes to cooking or cleaning.
Additionally, look for ways to share their stories online. There are a number of award programs, including the Busch Caregiver Award Program, which 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 and around Cleveland.
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