November is National Family Caregivers Month. It’s a time to remember, appreciate and lend a helping hand or listening ear to the caregivers you know.
Caregiving is a tough job. No one can truly understand what a caregiver goes through if they haven’t experienced it. Caregiving is lonely and takes a heavy toll on the caregiver’s physical and emotional well-being.
We are sharing a tip every day during National Family Caregiver’s Month. We have tips to help caregivers with their own self-care, as well as tips to help caregivers care for their loved one. The daily tips are being posted to Twitter @SusanBrownell. The tips can also be found daily on Facebook by searching for the page called “Sanctuary For Cancer Caregivers”. We hope these tips help you or someone you know who is a caregiver.
Be sure to be there for the caregivers you know. Call them and check on them. Offer to help them with little errands or offer to bring in a meal for them. Anything helps. Most importantly, be available to offer emotional support and to listen to them. You may not have the answers they are searching for, but that’s okay. Just listening to them in itself will be helpful to them.
If you want to offer them more support, check out the award-winning “Cocoon of Love for Cancer Caregivers: Get Through the Tough Times”. It is full of tips to help caregivers and their loved ones. It is helpful to any caregiver caring for a seriously ill loved one, regardless of which illness they have. It’s available here.
Meanwhile, enjoy our Tips of the Day, as in the example above!