Taking care of an ailing loved is physically and emotionally challenging.  You may begin to question if you are caring for them in the proper way or if you are missing crucial steps to improve their quality of life.

While the work of a devoted caregiver should be honored every day, National Family Caregivers Month is celebrated every November to pause and acknowledge the selfless work of caregivers across the country. According to the Administration for Community Living, this national observance is led by the Caregiver Action Network (CAN), a nonprofit organization that provides free education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers. Considering that many family caregivers experience conflicts between competing responsibilities – caring for their loved one, working a full-time job, raising children – this is such a vital service.

As proud observers of National Family Caregivers month, we at Milwaukee Catholic Home know there are simple things we can do year-round to engage, support, and empower the caregivers we know. You can join us in that effort

Here are a few things you can do for a caregiver this month to acknowledge the good work they do. 

Give Them a Break 

Offer to watch over their loved one while the caregiver you know has some much-deserved time to themselves. This can be their chance to catch up on errands, treat themselves to lunch, or simply get out for a walk and enjoy the beautiful fall weather! This is a great way to acknowledge their hard work as caregivers.  

Buy Them a Cup of Coffee 

If you find the prospect of “taking a shift” and helping watch over their ailing loved one overwhelming, there are still things you can do to ease the stress for a caregiver you know. A cup of coffee or having lunch delivered to their home is a small gesture that goes a long way.  

Find Ways to Give Them Support 

There are several social media websites and online groups whose mission is to provide caregivers emotional support and connect them with others in the same position. Caregivers can seek comfort and advice through these groups and feel the genuine understanding and compassion from someone who fights the same struggles. Follow the Instagram page caregivingadvice for inspiration on how the caregiver you know can find support. Search for the popular hashtags #caregivers, #familycaregiver and #NFCMonth to be part of a larger conversation about family caregiving and local support groups they can attend.  

Being a family caregiver can a physical and emotional toll. Your loving and nurturing commitment to caring for your loved one is noticed and appreciated. 

To learn more about National Family Caregivers month, visit the Administration for Community Living website