November is National Caregiver Appreciation Month, which is the perfect time to pay tribute to caregivers who give of their time to make an incredible difference in the lives of those in their care. And with Thanksgiving on the horizon, it’s a fitting time to recognize and honor caregivers for the diligence, patience, love, and support they provide to those who cannot manage on their own.
Caregivers typically provide a variety of essential services, such as the coordination of medical appointments, the management of medications, housekeeping tasks, and personal care. Then, the coronavirus pandemic added an additional layer of responsibility as caregivers worked to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.
Most caregivers find their experience rewarding and joyful. However, at times it can also be demanding and exhausting. If you’re a caregiver, it may be comforting to know you are not alone. In Massachusetts, there are an estimated one million caregivers who provide frequent or daily care to a family member, friend, loved one, or grandchild. But with support and self-care, caregiving can be manageable. Some useful tips include:
- Take care of your own health so you can be healthy enough to care for others
- Accept offers of help from other family members and suggest things people can do to help you
- Take respite breaks often. An afternoon off or dinner with friends can make all the difference
- Be open to new technology that can help you with caregiving
- Organize medical information so that it is up to date and easy to find
- Seek support from other caregivers by enrolling in Caregiver Solutions, a free program offered by Boston Senior Home Care
Caregiver Solutions is designed to have a positive impact on your caregiving journey, empowering you with the information you need to provide exceptional care. Our specially trained professionals will work with you on a care plan based on your needs and connect you with services and supports. We can also offer you occasional relief from caregiving with respite and companion services. And our online support groups will help you gain information and learn about resources from others in similar situations. Contact us and learn more.