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Wednesday
Nov122014

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.

 

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