Take Time to Thank a Caregiver

November 22, 2012 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ All Blog Posts,Caregiving,Library of Blogs, Articles & Videos

November is National Caregiver’s Month – a special time set aside to recognize those who are taking care of our loved ones.  November is also Thanksgiving – a special time to give thanks.  This post is my small way of recognizing, honoring, and thanking the caregivers of the world.

When I was helping my parents, I didn’t consider myself a caregiver.  I thought a caregiver was a person who physically helped someone.  I now know caregiving is so much more.  It is as much about the emotional and spiritual support as it is about the physical assistance.

I remember when my grandmother (we called her Granny) still lived on her own, which she did until she was 90.  My mother used to call her every morning to make sure she was okay.  Back then, I didn’t consider Mom’s daily call as caregiving, but I sure do today.

I don’t know how much that call every day meant to Granny, but I know when my mother got older, she sure loved calls from the family.  My Mom particularly enjoyed it when my brother called.  She loved all his stories, and he could make her smile like no one else.  We all have gifts to share, and that was one of his.  Living on their own may be exactly what your loved one wants, but it can still be lonely.  A call can mean more than we will ever know.

Besides physical caregiving and chatting with someone on the phone, there are lots of other ways to extend caregiving to your loved one.  I know it’s considered old-fashioned these days, but what about sending a card, picture and/or note to your loved one?  Imagine what a welcome surprise it would be to find such a loving and personal communication in the mailbox instead of the usual bills that show up.

Finally, here’s something if you like to bake.  How about taking a cupcake or a few cookies to your loved one?  Nothing overwhelming for either you or them – just a little treat that says you were thinking of them.  Or if baking isn’t your thing, maybe gardening is.  Try planting a few flowers in the spring outside their window or taking an hour to rake up the fall leaves.

There are so many ways to be a caregiver.  Tell us in the comments below which one’s your favorite.  Or let us know what caregiving you’ll be thankful for this Thanksgiving Season.  We love to hear from you.