The caregiver in your life works hard to take care of your loved one, making their life more joyful and fulfilled. This year, show them how mindful you are of this with a thoughtful gift that will help them rest, rejuvenate, and continue their role as caregiver with a positive, loving attitude.
This will make anyone’s life easier, but especially that of a 24/7 caregiver who spends significant time in the kitchen creating meals. It also cuts down on the planning and shopping time! Try Sun Basket or Fresh N’ Lean for healthy, lean meal options, or if your caregiver is feeding more than one person, try Martha & Marley Spoon. Most home delivery services allow you to customize what you want to order – order three meals per day for a day, or two, or choose a la carte options to spread out for a week.
Day at the Spa
Although an old standby, a spa day never gets old for the receiver. Caregivers spend a lot of time on their feet, bending and stretching to help your loved one with the activities of daily living. Their body takes on wear and tear and needs a regular tending to. Local day spas provide a menu of different massage options to choose from, including hand or foot massages, deep tissue, or light shiatsu massage. Hot paraffin wax treatments are also a great option for the hands and feet.
Substitute Coverage/Time Off
With the emotional and physical effort expended by a caregiver, one of the most treasured gifts you can give them is time away. Caregiver burnout is a real thing. If your caregiver is a family member, consider hiring an in-home nurse for a short time or rally other family members or friends to take over for at least a few days. Respite care in your area – including at select Artis Senior Living locations – is another great option. This service was purposely created to give your loved one short-term care while a regular caregiver takes a much-needed break.
Money with Mindfulness
Money may not sound like a creative gift, but if you put a little effort behind your reasoning, your caregiver will surely be appreciative. For instance, money toward a trip – be it airfare, a rental car, a hotel stay, or other trip-related expenses – is a great way to show appreciation for your caregiver. Pick out a thoughtful card and pen a nice note to your caregiver with the monetary gift enclosed.
Visit our Artis Senior Living blog for more tips on how to work with your caregiver.