5 Practical Ways to Show Caregiver Appreciation

Did you know that more than one in five people in the U.S. are caregivers, totaling 21.3% of the population? 

Those caregivers provide care to 4.5 million people in the U.S. annually and deserve celebration. In fact, in honor of caregiver appreciation, the month of November is now recognized as National Caregiver Appreciation Month. So, if you have a caregiver in your life and want to show love, keep reading for five practical ways. 

1. Give Them Their Favorite Treats

Caregivers pay close attention to the people around them, so what better way to show love than to give them some of their favorite things. For example, you can provide them with a gift card to a restaurant they've meant to try or their favorite dessert. While it may seem like a small gesture, it will show them you appreciate them and the caring they do for you and your loved ones. 

2. Take Them on a Fun Day Out

Another way to show your caregiver your appreciation is to take them on a fun day out. This day out will break the usual routine and make work feel less like work. Some fun options include: 

  • Shopping
  • Dinner
  • Movies
  • Picnic
  • Amusement park
  • Museum

The possibilities are endless, and researching some options will show your caregiver how thoughtful you are and how valued their work is. 

3. Give Them Time Off

If you want to embrace caregiver appreciation, one of the top ways to do so is to give your caregiver some well-deserved time off. Being a caregiver can be emotionally and physically exhausting, so allowing them to take time off to relax and recharge is a caring way to show them your appreciation. The time you give them off is at your discretion, but remember, it's vital not to reach out to them for anything work-related when they are enjoying their time off.

4. Write a Thank You Letter

Often the simplest things have the most significant impact. Additionally, caretaking can sometimes feel like a thankless job because it is regarded as something they should do, specifically if the patient is a family member. Regardless of if the caretaker is family or not, it is a difficult job. Giving them a thank you letter conveys not only gratitude but also to recognize kindness and form a connection. 

5. Create a Self Care Kit

While some spas may not be operating due to the pandemic, that doesn't mean pampering is off the table. You can create a self-care kit with face masks, creams, lotions, and other spa products to give them a decadent night in. 

Another option is to get them a gift card to a spa or salon that they can use later. 

If you are in search of a caretaker, be sure to read our blog on questions to ask before hiring. 

Start Preparing for Caregiver Appreciation Today

We hope you enjoyed this blog and that you are excited to participate in caregiver appreciation, whether in the form of gift cards or time off. 

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