November is National Caregiver Month. Here are five great ways to show appreciation to caregivers you know.
- Take them a meal. We usually think to bring meals to friends and family when they are experiencing a crisis, but it’s nice to not have to think about dinner or to just have something homemade to eat once in a while. Many elderly depend on Meals on Wheels, frozen dinners or other quick and easy meal options. Many caregivers don’t have time to prepare a freshly cooked, healthy meal. Next time you are making chili, soup or stew, make a little extra and drop it off to your favorite caregiver.
- Give them a call. Caregiving is hard and isolating. There isn’t time to spend with friends or on social activities, especially if the person they care for can’t be left alone. A friendly voice and a compassionate ear can make a caregiver’s burden just a little lighter. Remind them they aren’t alone and even if you can’t take their place, you can understand what they are going through.
- Be a friendly visitor. Many seniors do not like to feel as if they need a babysitter. Can you blame them? When a senior shouldn’t be left alone, but does not want to go to a Day program or have strangers in and out of their house all day, the caregiver is left with difficult decisions. Take some time to visit a senior. Ask the caregiver when would be a good time to come and let them know they can go and do whatever they want and you will hold down the fort. The senior will enjoy your company and the caregiver will get a much needed break.
- Say a prayer. There are over 65.7 million in this country. Pray for them this month in your daily prayers. Send them your love and energy – it will make a difference.
- Refer them to a support group. The Caregiver Assistance Network has 15 support groups across Southwestern Ohio and we have up to three educational presentations at various groups each month. Check out our calendar of events. Support groups provide emotional support and practical advice to caregivers from others who know what they are going through.
Please join us for our Caregiver Recognition Mass – The Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains, Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio and the Order of Malta present their 13th annual White Mass. Mass will be held Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 11:00 am at Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains, 325 West Eighth St. 45202. Archbishop Schnurr is presiding with a reception for nominees and their families immediately following in the Undercroft. Thank you to everyone who has signed up to volunteer.