How to Help Out a Caregiver


If you are not the primary caregiver for a loved one who is homebound, there are many things you can do to help with the care. Caregivers are often overworked because of family, jobs, and caregiving. Many caregivers do most of the work on their own. As someone who is not a primary caregiver, there is a lot you can do to help out and relieve some of the stress off of the caregiver.

Offer to stay with your elderly family member for a few hours at a time. Offering to take over for a few hours while the caregiver can run errands, spend time with family, or just relax is often one of the most-needed things that you can do. If you use some of that time to visit with your loved one and do some chores that need to be done, that will really make the caregiver’s day.

Cook meals to bring to your elderly family member or the caregiver’s family. Cooking is something that can be done in the comfort of your own home and in your own kitchen; you will just need to make sure that the meals get delivered somehow. This can make a big difference when a caregiver has little time to cook in the first place. A good meal will also be sure to please anyone else who eats it.

Offer to help out when a caregiver is wanting to go on vacation. It can be very difficult for caregivers to get away. When they are wanting to visit family across the country or just get a break, be the person to jump in and offer to cover their caregiving duties for them.

Help the caregiver find time to relax. Arranging things so that the caregiver can get a massage, go see a movie, or do whatever they like to do to relax can be a huge help. It’s even better if you can provide a gift card for them to go do these activities.

Show your appreciation. Write a thank you note and get them a gift every now and then. You might not be able to help your loved one as much as they can, but show them that you appreciate all they do for your family member.

Ask how you can help. Sometimes, one of the simplest things to do is to ask how you can help. Each caregiver has specific needs, and there is likely something that would help a certain person more than another thing would.

Caregivers put a lot into what they do, but their jobs can be even harder when they don’t have support from other family members. When you show your support, show your appreciation, and help out, it can make a caregiver’s job much easier.


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