WHAT MAKES A CAREGIVER’S DAY

  • Someone offering to be the “Communication Person” who updates others. Repeating the details of a surgery or diagnosis over and over can be difficult and draining.
  • Receiving a text or email saying you are thinking of them.  Including a “no need to respond” note helps to know it’s okay if they are too busy to return the message.
  • Someone offering to coordinate the generous offers of help and support.
  • Receiving a pre-made meal in containers that don’t need to be returned.
  • A Gift Card for a restaurant coming in the mail or by email with thoughtful words of support.
  • Receiving a text from someone at the grocery story or pharmacy, asking if they could pick something up for me.
  • Someone offering to be an “In-Case of Emergency” point person.
  • Someone making arrangements for a housekeeper to help with the household duties.
  • Receiving the gift of massage, consider a mobile masseuse if that makes it easier for them.
  • Someone offering to sit with the patient so the caregiver might have a break to rest, take a walk, exercise, or enjoy time with other family members.
  • A friend offering to take them to a movie. Or someone bringing DVDs of personal favorites.
  • Receiving a weekly take-out order from a favorite restaurant for a fixed period of time.
  • Someone offering to handle the administrative work of medical claims and medical billing.
  • Someone offering to handle yard work, tire rotation, dog walking/grooming. Preferably on a consistent basis.
  • An email with a silly joke.
  • Donations to cover medical expenses or lost wages.
  • Someone reminding them they are loved and cared about.