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Taking Care

By LeAnn Thieman

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  • Listen.
  • 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, and the Area Agency on Aging, 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 walk.
  • 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 year.


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



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