Five Ways + 1 to Help a Caregiver this Month

National-Family-Caregivers-month-20151November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to thank, support, educate and empower family caregivers.

Day in and day out, 90 million family caregivers in the United States fulfill a vital role on their loved one’s care team.  No one else is in a better position to provide comfort and support, to advocate on behalf of the patient, and to ensure continuity of care.

At ASRL, we are pleased to join the Caregivers Action Network to celebrate the single parent caregivers that we serve. We hope you will consider these five ways + one that you can help a caregiver today.   Here’s how:

2. Send a card of appreciation or a bouquet of flowers to brighten up a family caregiver’s day.  We especially love the encouragement/support cards from our friends-of-the-foundation at Cardthartic.

3. Help a caregiver decorate their home for the holidays or offer to address envelopes for their holiday cards.

4. Offer comic relief! Purchase tickets to a local comedy club, give a caregiver your favorite funny movie to view, or provide them an amusing audio book to listen to while doing their caregiving activities.

Kimberly-and-Marques4. Offer to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for a caregiving family in your community, so they can just relax and enjoy the holiday.

5. Encourage local businesses to offer a free service for family caregivers through the month of November.

Perhaps you do not know of a particular caregiver to assist, so please consider this:

1. Make a donation to the Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation today, and we will put it to immediate use assisting a single parent of a catastrophically ill child. Our mission is to keep the caregiver at the child’s bedside by providing support for urgent financial needs.  When you assist, you help ease the pain, lessen the load, and soften a crisis for a struggling single parent family. Your contribution will help relieve a family of their worries about unpaid rent, the threat of foreclosure, or the burden of bills for groceries, phone, or utilities during their child’s medical crisis.

By Caring for the Caregiver We Care for the Child.