Caregivers today have most all of their time taken up with just keeping the person cared for and the household chores. They certainly do not need anything else to do. However, here is where the need is; for caregivers to rest and have the quality sleep and health they need, their life needs to be balanced.
For some caregivers it is exercise that will balance them and for others it is playing cards or doing fine arts; all of this brings to light the situation of how can we help them balance their life. If we know what they use for balance we can provide the time by offering to sit with their charge while they go about balancing their life. However, if we don’t know, what then? Well, we could just ask – frankly I haven’t found that to really work either. Or we could look around and frequently we will find clues to what balances out their life. Sometimes it is reading, and we will make note of books on an end table by where they sit; needle crafts and we will find a basket with knitting or alike. The point is we will, if we are being vigilant find clues to show us what it is.
Valentine’s Day is coming up and it is nice to celebrate someone not as the love of your life, but possibly the savior of your parent’s or friend’s life. This can be accomplished so easily by giving a nice small gift and card to acknowledge the time spent and work done while help out. How nice it would be if we could purchase tickets to a movie for the caregiver and a friend, and we offer to stay with the person who is receiving the care? Utilize whatever brings balance to the caregiver’s life, and if you are still totally at a loss of what to do, how about a nice journal from a stationary store. www.barnesandnoble.com