« Managing your LTC insurance policy | Main | Conversation Starters for Boomers and their Loved Ones »

10 Great Ways to Support Family Caregivers

Many Americans recognize November as a month to thank, support, educate and celebrate all the many caregivers nationwide who provide loving care for family members free of charge.  Such services are estimated conservatively to be $306 billion annually.

Our friends at Right at Home offer the following suggestions as ways to celebrate National Family Caregiver's Month:

  1. Offer a few hours of respite time to a family caregiver so they can spend time with friends, or simply relax.

  2. Send a card of appreciation or a bouquet of flowers to brighten a family caregiver's day. 

  3. Encourage local businesses to offer a free service for family caregivers through the month of November.

  4. Help a family caregiver decorate their home for the holidays or offer to address envelopes for their holiday cards. 

  5. Offer comic relief! Purchase tickets to a local comedy club, give a family caregiver your favorite funny movie to view, or provide them with a book on tape. 

  6. Find 12 different photos of the caregiver's family and friends. Have a copy center create a calendar that the family caregiver can use to keep track of appointments and events. 

  7. Offer to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for a caregiving family in your community, so they can just relax and enjoy the holiday. 

  8. Take a few minutes to write a letter. Encourage your faith community to ask for prayers not only for those who are ill, but also those who care for them. 

  9. Encourage family caregivers to become a part of the National Family Caregiver Story Project. It's a great place to not only share but read about others in like situations. 

  10. Help a family caregiver find new educational materials and support through family caregiving web sites or by calling local social service agencies for help.


References (12)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>