Gearing up for the holidays often means thinking about gifts. Giving them and receiving them! Caregivers in general are givers. Most give of their time; many, of their own resources; and some give their entire personal purpose as they care for another. The Caregiver Foundation (TCF) works to support caregivers, kūpuna, and disabled adults. From managing finances, serving as conservator, acting as trust administrators, to providing complete care management and even end-of-life and estate distribution services, the overriding goal of TCF is to make life better.
This holiday season, we wish for you and yours awareness that drives understanding. Understanding that results in compassion and compassion that spurs active support.
Here are a few ideas for the holidays
✽ For sideline caregivers: Offer the gift of thanks to the main care provider and visit your loved one more often.
✽ For the care receiver: Give your caregiver the gift of recognition — a hand-written note or a drawing.
✽ For the primary caregiver: Give yourself a gift of support. Join a virtual or in-person support group.
✽ For everyone else: Notice the caregiving around you. Give the gift of awareness (and let that gift motivate you to find ways to support others).