Be kind to everyone may be too tall an order even for the most saintly among us. So, I am not going to ask that of you. I do ask that you be kind to the caregivers. The women, men, teens, young adults, paid caregivers, family caregivers, friend caregivers, etc. Be kind to them all. Try as they may, caregivers never win. The ending of their story is inevitable. The pain is overwhelming.
Many will ask, “What can I do to help.” The answers to that are too numerous to list so here are a few suggestions.
Stop in for a visit. Prepare a hot meal or have one delivered once a month. Sit and talk with the person needing care so the caregiver can take a nap. Go to the grocery store. Give the caregiver a day off to rest. Think, “What would I need most in his or her situation?” and do what you want people to do for you.
Be kind to caregivers. Become and encourager. Behavior is communication. What is your behavior saying to the caregiver in your family?
Oh, and help me get Dr. Phil’s attention. Encourage him to accept the Dr. Phil Challenge to use his resources and the Dr. Phil Foundation to establish grants to help caregivers most in need of respite. You can send him a message via the following social media links.