Being a full-time caregiver is no easy task. Looking out for the well-being of another person on a regular basis has its own unique challenges. Knowing they are supported can help ease the burden of caregivers.
At Krause Funeral Homes, our compassionate staff appreciates all the caregivers in Milwaukee, New Berlin and Brookfield who put others’ needs before their own. If you have a caregiver in your life and would like some ideas on how to support them, read on for five ways to show how much their dedication means to you.
- Encourage them to take time off.
Most caregivers work a lot of hours throughout the day and night. Their packed schedules and commitment to serving others can make it difficult to take time off. Encourage the caregiver in your life to take a vacation or spend a day or two with their own loved ones. Remind them that self-care is equally as important as caring for others.
- Write them a heartfelt letter or thank you note.
The next time you find yourself thinking of ways you can show a caregiver you know appreciation, pull out a pen or a notecard and share with them on paper how much their work means to you. You don’t need to write a lengthy letter or a piece of poetry. Simply share what’s on your heart and tell them how much they mean to you and your loved one.
- Send them a gift.
An unexpected gift that’s carefully chosen and given is always a nice surprise, and most caregivers appreciate small acts of generosity. A thoughtful gift, however large or small, can express how you feel without saying a word. If you fear the caregiver might refuse the gift or feel uncomfortable when receiving it, have it sent to their house rather than give it to them in person.
- Check in with them regularly.
Caregivers spend so much time thinking of other people that it can be difficult for them to voice their own needs and concerns. Find an appropriate time to ask them how they’re feeling and listen to their thoughts. An honest conversation might provide some ideas on how you could help alleviate some of their stress or worries.
- Cook a meal for them.
Many people agree that food is a love language unto itself. Cooking a meal for a caregiver lets them know how much their hard work and commitment mean to you. A homemade meal doesn’t need to be elaborate. It can be as simple as a chicken casserole or macaroni and cheese. No matter what you cook up, sharing a meal is a great way to express gratitude for the caregiver in your life.
Caregivers are a special group of people who help our neighbors across Milwaukee County in a number of meaningful ways. To recognize these dedicated people who truly go above and beyond with their selfless devotion, we have created a Hospice Caregiver Award Program here at Krause Funeral Homes. This includes physicians, nurses, chaplains, social workers, CNAs, administrative professionals, volunteers, and anyone else who offers hospice care in our community.
Each month, we will honor a caregiver who has been nominated by peers, friends, patients, families, and others who feel this person excels in her or his profession. One caregiver each month will receive an award and gift card. If someone comes to mind, you can nominate them by visiting the Hospice Award page on our website or by calling Jeannie Davies, at (414) 982-1355.