Resources, Applause, and Help for Caregivers

Coretta Scott King stated, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”

Ms. King’s statement certainly describes most family Caregivers I know. They unquestionably contribute to the greatness of their community by their compassionate actions.

Caregivers make a difference. Friends make a difference for caregivers.
Caregivers make a difference. Friends make a difference for caregivers.

As we move closer to the end of the year, take a moment to consider and celebrate the contribution of friends and family members who care for loved-ones. Don’t just give a pat on the back. Offer help in concrete ways. Family Caregivers are certainly heroes, but not ‘Superhero’s (they can’t go on endlessly and never tire).

Usually, Caregivers are not complainers and are often reluctant to ask for help. Because of that, I thought I would offer a few suggestions that will provide concrete suggestions for those who are either a Caregiver or a Friend of one.  

  • Friend: provide a meal for someone who is caregiving.
    •  Caregiver: Accept/request a specific meal.
  • Friend: Offer to sit with a loved one.
    • Caregiver: Accept the offer for someone else to sit with or visit your loved one.
  • Friend: Offer to run errands.
    • Caregiver: Accept the offer and make a list.
  • Friend: Clean/do laundry (even taking larger bedding to a laundromat).
    • Caregiver: Accept the offer – you can’t do it all.
  • Friend: Ask your friend specifically what you can do to help.
    • Caregiver: Accept the help, answer honestly.

Some caregivers don’t ask for help because they don’t recognize when they need it. I came across a helpful article that may shed some light on the ‘asking for help’ issue. Caregivers asking for help – recognizing when you need it.

Caregivers Resources:

The following is a list of websites that can be helpful for both caregivers and seniors alike. Please let me know if there is any resource that I should consider adding to this list.

Remember, you can’t do it all whether you are the caregiver or friend. Sometimes the best help may be a welcome visit that provides a temporary distraction.

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Disclaimer: ThoughI check all links for reliability, I cannot personally vouch for each company listed. Please use wisdom as well as your own discretion when engaging with any of the resources listed above.

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