Caregivers, Include the Person You are Caring for

Including the person you are caring for

Caregivers, holidays and celebrations are perfect opportunities to include the person you are caring to help with preparations.

My mother was very helpful. When she moved in with me, I let her do her part. She loved to cook and do laundry. This also saved me from a lot of work.

She also loved to plant flowers and hang out in the garden. Her mobility didn’t allow for her to be on her knees, so I bought her a level so she can still plant her flowers. We enjoyed working alongside one another in nature and doing activities together.

If you’re a caregiver, you can brighten their worlds by giving them activities that have meaning. What better way to do that than make activities together more meaningful?

As a family caregiver, it would be helpful if you learned what they like to do, or what they find meaningful and what they value. Some people might like puzzles, nature, going for rides or maybe going to the movies.

As you age, you experience loss throughout your life. When you are the only one left in the family and have gone through all that loss, you need to have a reason to live and engage. It is important for the human spirit to make a difference. As a caregiver, it is important that you help inspire them to have something to look forward to.

Keep that spark lit for them. It makes the job of caregiving more rewarding. It is an extra touch that makes the person you are caring for feel valued to still be a part of this world.

For resources on wellness and recreation options, check out our community services resources. For information on caregiver resources, call the Community Foundation at 775-333-5499 you can also visit nvcaregiverscoalition.com. 

 

By

Deanna Hearn