National Caregivers Day is observed on the third Friday in February. The day honours individuals who selflessly provide personal care, and physical- and emotional support to those who need it most.
Some of them are not always paid, which is why it is essential to appreciate and thank them for their long-term commitment.
We’d like to share some of this insight with you on how you too can show your caregiver how grateful you are for the care they offer each day.
1. Words of encouragement: Write a note thanking your caregiver for all the hard work and dedication they have offered you for the duration of time they have been your caregiver.
2. Say please and thank you: A simple please and thank you to show your appreciation goes a long way. Often times we fall into a routine and forget to show gratitude for help with everyday tasks.
3. Ask about their life outside of work: Questions and acknowledgments about their family, their hobbies, their weekend, or a special event they attended are great ways to get to know your caregiver. Your genuine interest will let them know they are valued.
4. Share your talent: If you have a hobby or special talent, like painting, knitting, drawing, or singing- share your talent with your caregiver. A hand-painted or hand-drawn card, a hand-knit scarf, or a song from the heart just for them.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL CAREGIVERS DAY
Donate to a caregiver’s favourite charity
Sometimes, giving gifts to a professional caregiver is considered off-limits. Instead, a donation on behalf of the caregiver can be made to a charity of their choice.
Express it with a letter
Appreciation and words go a long way in giving joy and boosting the morale of a caregiver. Sincerely express your gratitude through a letter and let the caregiver in your life know how much their work means to you and your loved ones.
Post on social media
Create some hype on social media around caregivers to show your support and let others know what an awesome job they are doing. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #NationalCaregiversDay