“I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.” William Shakespeare penned those words hundreds of years ago, but for families and friends of caregivers, they still ring true today.
Caregivers selflessly give of their hearts, finances and time and ask for little or nothing in return. Take some time to say “thank you” to a caregiver on Thanksgiving, to let a caregiver in your life know they are loved and appreciated.
10 Ways to Say Thank You to a Caregiver
Caregiving can seem like a thankless job. The job is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year, with no sick days or paid time off. There is also no pay check at all to do the job.
Thanksgiving is one day where we can stop and be truly thankful for the caregivers in our lives who sacrifice themselves to take care of loved ones.
Here are 10 things you can do to show how much you appreciate their service and sacrifice:
- Make a donation to an Alzheimer’s disease research or awareness organization in their name. Some organizations that accept donations include the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and the Alzheimer’s Association.
- If you are a sibling of someone caring for your parent with dementia, offer to give your sibling a day off by taking over caregiving responsibilities.
- Send a handwritten note or an electronic greeting card letting the person know how much you appreciate what they are doing. If you can’t think of the words to say, use this helpful guide to get you started.
- Give them a gift card to a nearby spa or salon and offer to watch their loved one while they enjoy spa services.
- Pay it forward. Sometimes “thank you” or a gift just doesn’t seem adequate. Let them know their kindness has influenced you to pass the kindness on to someone else.
- Bring them their favorite coffee drink or a gift card to the local coffee shop for the morning after a sleepless night of caregiving.
- Take part in “The Thanks Project.” The project is sponsored by the AARP and strives to say thank you to as many caregivers as possible by letting people post thank you messages on their site.
- Offer to help the caregiver decorate their home for the holidays. Ask if they would like you to bring them a tree or put up outdoor lights as both tasks can be challenging when caregiving.
- If they don’t feel comfortable leaving their loved one, bring a movie night to them complete with movie snacks. They will love the company even if they can’t leave their home.
- Simply say, “Thank you!” Many caregivers just like to know they are thought of and appreciated.
How will you let a caregiver know you appreciate them this Thanksgiving? Please share your ideas with us in the comments below.
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