When an older loved one’s abilities begin to diminish and he or she needs extra assistance, it can be difficult to adjust. Having a qualified in-home caregiver can make a world of difference—for both you and your loved one.
During this month of thanksgiving, now’s the perfect time to thank the caregiver in your loved one’s life. Our team at Qualicare Big Sky wants to share a few ideas for how to do that.
Sharing Your Gratitude
For starters, you can offer to give your in-home caregiver some much-deserved time off. Do you have vacation coming up at work that will allow you to be at home with your loved one? Even an unexpected day off can make a big impact for a caregiver, allowing him or her to step away from nursing and other responsibilities for a little “me time.”
Second, take the time to actually talk with your loved one’s caregiver. Open lines of communication between the caregiver and the patient and family are important all the time, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. Instead, spend some time chatting and really getting to know the person and who he or she is outside the caregiving role.
As a bonus, this meaningful time interacting with the caregiver may provide you some insight into ways you can help him or her—or give you hints as to what gifts might be most appreciated.
Finally, never underestimate the power of a letter. Nowadays, in a world where everyone texts, and tweets, the art of letter writing is becoming lost. But there’s just nothing like a handwritten note.
Take a moment to write your in-home caregiver a thank you note to express appreciation in a memorable, keepable way.In need of extra assistance caring for an aging loved one? Contact our team at Qualicare Big Sky today to learn how we can help.