Families rely heavily on caregivers to take care of their loved ones and ensure their safety. Caregivers work hard to ensure that they follow through on this promise and act selflessly to prioritize their patients above everything else. With that, caregivers are essential, and some families recognize that. However, it is also important that families take the time to show caregivers how much they appreciate their service and commitment to their loved ones.
Here are two ways to show your appreciation for your caregivers that will go a long way in boosting their morale and making them feel loved.
1. Allow them to relax and rejuvenate.
The main difference between an hourly home health aide and a live-in home health aide is the amount of service time each offers. Outside of that distinction, the responsibilities and demands are still high and sometimes overwhelming.
Having to manage many duties may be hard for anybody, but it’s especially stressful for caregivers. Home health aides do not have the same access to vacation days as those of us with regular jobs. Even further, many home health aides also work full-time jobs while caring for their loved ones full-time. So you can quickly see how easily overwhelmed caregivers can become by their position.
Show your family’s caregiver that you care about their health and appreciate their service by simply giving them some time off, once in a while, to allow them to relax and rejuvenate. You can accomplish this by simply getting together with the rest of your family and arranging for someone else to take care of your loved one for a short period.
2. Make them aware that you are available to them.
The daily responsibilities of a caregiver tied with their personal lives can easily make them stressed. Strong mental health is necessary for us to be our best selves. Yet, we frequently put self-care on the back burner to favor more important obligations. Make it known to the family caregiver in your life that you are there to provide emotional support if needed.
You can even take the extra step of going out of your way to let your caregiver know, in words, that you appreciate the work that they do. Also, let them know how well they have been performing at their job. In doing so, you are letting your caregiver know that their sacrifices haven’t gone unrecognized and that you genuinely appreciate the work they do.