Rosalynn Carter once said, “There are only four kinds of people in this world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers. Caregiving is universal.”
Caregivers have a personal touch. Caregivers do what is needed to relieve burden or stress to those who need care and their loved ones. They develop personal relationships while taking care of those in need in and outside of the house. Whether they're your family members, close friends or hired through an agency, caregivers can be an essential part of many people’s lives. Regardless of if they are providing care for you or a loved one, here are a few simple ways to say thank you.
Write a Note
With such technological advancement all around us, it can be easy to forget about the basics. A genuine handwritten, tangible note can be much more meaningful than a text or an email. Write a note sharing how grateful you are for all their hard work.
Vocalize your appreciation
Although it's their responsibility to make sure their tasks are completed appropriately, it never hurts to vocalize your appreciation. Simply saying “please” or “thank you” can go a long way in showing you're grateful for their services.
Show interest in their life
Be there to listen to them. Showing interest in their life and hobbies can show you care for them and their services. Asking about their life outside of work will not only give you something to talk about, but you will be able to have a deeper understanding of each other.
Encourage Self Care
Providing care full-time can be emotionally and physically demanding, especially for those who continue to provide care off the clock. Encourage self-care and allow them to express their emotions from time-to-time. Whether it’s going for a brisk walk with them or giving a gift card to your local coffee shop, remind them it's okay to take a breather for themselves.
Share your hobbies
What are your hobbies? Whether it's knitting, painting, gardening, cooking or something else, sharing the things you love is a thoughtful gesture to express your appreciation.
A home-cooked meal, a cozy scarf, or anything made by you may be especially valuable to caregivers who are your family member or friend. Knowing that you took the time out of your day to think of them and create something for them is a priceless gift.
If your caregiver works at a Senior Helpers location or works for a private agency, share your appreciation with their manager. Pick up the phone, email, or write a review to acknowledge their dedication to providing quality care to you and your loved ones.
It is important to remember that simple gestures go a long way. These are just a few ways that you can express your appreciation. Interested in a career in caregiving? Visit the Senior Helpers website to apply today.
At Senior Helpers, our vision is to help seniors remain in their homes comfortably despite age-related illnesses and mobility challenges. When choosing Senior Helpers for a loved one, you are gaining a genuine, in-home connection designed to give them the absolute best quality of life. Unsure of where to start? Visit the Senior Helpers website to learn more about our services.