Ten ways to Celebrate National Caregiver Month

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PTINR National Family Caregivers MonthOver 42 million Americans will be recognized this month during National Caregivers Month. It is estimated that the “free” services provided by these family members totals $306 billion annually.  Here are a few ways to celebrate national caregiver month.

Ten ways to Celebrate National Caregiver Month

1. Offer a few hours of respite time to a family caregiver so they can spend time with friends, or simply relax.

2. Send a card of appreciation or a bouquet of flowers to brighten a family caregiver’s day.

3. Encourage local businesses to offer a free service for family caregivers through the month of November.

4. Help a family caregiver decorate their home for the holidays or offer to address envelopes for their holiday cards.

5. Offer comic relief. Purchase tickets to a local comedy club, give a family caregiver your favorite funny movie to view, or provide them with a book on tape.

6. Find 12 different photos of the caregiver’s family and friends. Have a copy center create a 2015 calendar that the family caregiver can use to keep track of appointments and events

7. Offer to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for a caregiving family in your community, so they can just relax and enjoy the holiday.

8. Take a few minutes to write a letter. Encourage your faith community to ask for prayers not only for those who are ill, but also those who care for them.

9. Encourage family caregivers to become a part of the National Family Caregiver Story Project. It’s a great place to not only share but read about others in like situations.

10. Help  a family caregiver  find new educational materials and support through family caregiving web sites or by calling local social service agencies for help.

Source: http://www.caringnews.com/pub.59/issue.605/article.2552/