4 Ways to Show Your Caregivers Appreciation
Caregivers are true multitaskers. They help with medical care, basic needs, housekeeping, food preparation, transportation, and many other services that a person in their care may require. Companionship is their most significant contribution, and they do it exceedingly well. Caregiving is rewarding but often challenging, and it’s nice to show a caregiver that you appreciate their work. Here are some ways to show them your appreciation!
Making Their Time Off Worthwhile
We all need a break from time to time and caregivers are no exception. Caregivers must take some time to rest and take care of their own health, and wellbeing needs too. It can be difficult for a family caregiver to ask for help from other family members, so try to help them out by offering to help with or do something for them. Are there any chores that you know they don’t like to do?
You might wish to take it a step further and plan a fun outing or relaxing day for their time off. What activities do they enjoy? You could check in with them to see about doing something fun during their off time to spend time together.
Treat Them to a Favorite Meal
It’s common for caregivers to experience feelings of loneliness and isolation. Consider taking them out and treating them to a meal at their favorite restaurant. Remember to not only eat but to engage in conversation too. Eating together is a perfect time to chat about how they are doing and how you can help them in other ways. If you can’t be there in person, you could purchase a gift card for them to their favorite restaurant. You could also offer any help they may need, such as childcare, so they can enjoy their meal.
Another option is to stock the caregiver’s freezer with healthy meals to heat and serve quickly. Caregiver’s days are jam-packed, and they rarely have time to cook. As a result, they sometimes rely on fast food and convenience foods. You may be able to help them avoid these unhealthy options and will make them feel cared for.
A Day of Pampering
Who doesn’t need to relax and have others pamper them occasionally? Caregivers are no different. Taking care of others can be stressful and can severely impact the body and the mind. Help your caregiver de-stress with a trip to a spa or a yoga studio and schedule someone to help in their absence. Perhaps the caregiver might appreciate a spa or massage gift certificate to clear the mind. A trip to a yoga studio with a new yoga mat is another excellent option. Finally, consider arranging for a spa technician or a massage therapist to come to their home to provide much-needed relaxation and restoration.
Support and Encouragement
Caregivers do a remarkable job taking care of those in need and are always putting others first. If you know a caregiver like this, you can show your appreciation by encouraging them to pursue their interests and spend time with their loved ones outside of work. Helping the caregiver prepare a meal or offering to help clean their home are also great ways to show your appreciation. Thank you notes are a great idea too, and you can include a personal touch in them as well.
At Arbor Associates, we want our caregivers to know that we appreciate their hard work. Our flexible scheduling helps associates pick up shifts when they want to and take time off when they want to. We can also help you make the most of your skills and reach your career goals.