Thanksgiving is less than a month away, and as November is National Family Caregivers Month, it’s the perfect time for expressing gratitude to the people who are caring for the seniors you love – whether they are family by relation, or have become part of your family through caregiving.
That may be your sister, who is the primary caregiver for your dad, who still lives at home. She helps him get ready for the day, drives him to doctor’s appointments, and makes meals for him.
If your parents reside in an independent living community, you should thank the housekeeping staff who faithfully clean their apartment, or the dining staff who prepare and serve wonderful dinners they can enjoy with friends, no cleanup necessary. Yes, it is their job, but if they do it well, saying thanks goes a long way.
You’ve noticed the activities director, the nursing staff, and several other caring employees at the assisted living home have made life better for your grandma. Next time you visit her, bring along a dozen donuts or a tray of homemade cookies with a note of thanks for these dedicated individuals.
Learn more about National Family Caregivers Month here.
Your turn: How will you say thanks to a caregiver this November, and year-round?