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- Help them to stay actively involved with
friends and hobbies.
- Assist them in finding respite care so they
can regularly take time for themselves.
- Subscribe them to supportive caregiving
periodicals and magazines such as Today’s
Caregiver and gift them with spiritual,
inspirational, encouraging books.
- Help them tap into community-based and
national resources for support. The National
Family Caregiver’s Association, nfcacares.org
and the Area Agency on Aging, loaa.org. are
great places to start.
- Deliver a heat-and-eat meal.
- Offer to sit with their loved one, even for
30 minutes, so they can take a bubble bath or a
- Tell them how much you admire them for all
they are doing.
These small efforts to care for the caregiver
create a win/win/win situation. Your relationship
with the caregiver will flourish; the family member
will receive care from a happier, healthier
caregiver; and that caregiver will feel cared for,
too—a much needed and overdue gift, any time of
LeAnn Thieman is a certified
speaking professional, author and nurse. She is
co-author of Chicken Soup for the Caregiver’s Soul.
To learn more about her books and presentations
contact 1-877-THIEMAN or LeAnnThieman.com