The month of November is National Caregivers Month. A time to recognize and value caregivers who take care of loved ones.
Former President Bill Clinton said in his 2000 Proclamation of National Family Caregivers Month, “These everyday heroes, living quietly among us in families and communities across the country, are the major source of long-term care in America. By providing billions of dollars’ worth of caregiving services each year, they dramatically reduce the demands on our Nation’s health care system and make an extraordinary contribution to the quality of life of their loved ones.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult and overwhelming for caregivers who still have to tend to the everyday needs they may experience and struggle with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance abuse. Caregivers must take care of their mental health to better serve loved ones with self-care.
To celebrate and show your appreciation to a caregiver, consider these ideas:
- Thank You card
- Gift card for a manicure, pedicure, or massage
- Vacation/Time Off
- Recognize a caregiver on social media
- Diffuser and aromatherapy candles
- Gift basket of lotion and hand sanitizer
- Lend a helping hand
- Raises and Bonuses
- Pay for lunch
- Bouquet of flowers
- Resources for support
If you know a caregiver, thank them and let them know how you value everything they do. It can make a caregiver feel appreciated.
Tammy Gibson is a travel historian, author, and writer. Find her at www.sankofatravelher.com, Facebook, Instagram @SankofaTravelher, and Twitter @SankofaTravelHr.