Family caregivers give so much, and ask for very little in return. These men and women are heroes, worthy of our love, respect, and unwavering support, though sometimes it’s difficult for a caregiver to accept help. Recognize, honor, and provide some respite for those dedicated family caregivers in your life with these six suggestions.
1. Give ‘em a break.
While many caregivers report feeling loved and appreciated, many also feel worried, depressed, or overwhelmed. Occasionally, they even put their health and well being at risk due to prolonged emotional and physical stress. Sometimes they need to get away from it all. Why not offer to give your family caregiver a chance to rest and recharge, guilt-free? The caring and qualified staff at Village Helpers can step in and provide support for a caregiver and loved ones by providing respite care.
2. Run errands.
If you’re not able to act as the caregiver, perhaps you can lighten the load by shopping for groceries, driving your loved one to doctor’s appointments, picking up medications, and so on. This small gesture means a lot. Live too far to help with errands? In addition to assisting with daily needs, the highly-trained caregivers at Village Helpers can help with transportation.
3. Be thoughtful.
Life gets in the way for all of us, sometimes. Don’t forget to socialize with your family caregiver.
Listen. Give them a safe space to vent, talk, or cry. Email encouraging articles. Cook a meal that can be enjoyed by both the caregiver and, if possible, your loved one. Bring them a grande white caramel latte for the morning after a sleepless night of care.
Create a community on Lotsa Helping
Hands (lotsahelpinghands.com), an easy and free resource for caregivers, friends, and family to
coordinate, communicate, and support your loved one. Let your family caregiver know he or she is appreciated!
4. Make a donation in their name.
Let them know their kindness has inspired you by passing the kindness on to an organization that is near and dear to the caregiver’s heart. Ask friends and family to join in the support to help honor your caregiver.
5. Say it.
A heartfelt “thank you!” is a wonderful place to start.
6. Hire professional in-home care.
Bathing, dressing, cooking, shopping, managing medications, companionship, constant supervision – many family caregivers reach a point when they realize they need help.
To learn more about the compassionate care and support Village Helpers provides to the John Knox Village campus and the surrounding communities, please call 816-524-2676.
About Village Home Health
Village Home Health serves nine counties in Kansas and Missouri. To learn more about our home health services and programs, please call 913-403-8343 (KS) or 816-524-1133 (MO) or visit us online at www.jkvhealthservices.org.
Village Helpers’ administrator Melinda Ward explains a few of the many benefits to hiring in-home care:
“In addition to personal care, Village Helpers can transport loved ones where they need to go, accompany patients to doctor’s office visits, help with pets, prepare healthy meals, provide cognitive stimulation, organize medical information, and much more. Whether you need hourly respite care or support up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week –
we are here to care for you.”