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Dollars & Sense: Giving Thanks To The Nation’s Caregivers

By Roberta L. Nestor

November is National Family Caregivers Month.  How many caregivers are there in the U.S.?  Approximately 43.5 million caregivers have provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the last 12 months.  [National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP.]  In this month when we give thanks, we also honor those who care for others.  Caregivers don’t hear thank you enough, so let this be a “Thank You” to all the wonderful caregivers out there.

How can you express your thanks and gratitude to a caregiver?

  1. If you are a sibling of someone caring for your parent with dementia, offer to give your sibling a day off by taking over caregiving responsibilities.
  2. Send an electronic greeting card or handwritten note letting the person know how much you appreciate what they are doing.
  3. Give them a gift card to a nearby salon or spa and offer to watch their loved one while they enjoy spa services.
  4. Pay it forward. Sometimes “thank you” or a gift just doesn’t seem adequate.  Let them know their kindness has influenced you to pass the kindness on to someone else.
  5. Bring them their favorite coffee drink or a gift card to the local coffee shop for the morning after a sleepless night of caregiving.
  6. Offer to help the caregiver decorate their home for the holidays. Ask if they would like you to bring them a tree or put up outdoor lights as both tasks can be challenging when caregiving.
  7. If they don’t feel comfortable leaving their loved one, bring a movie night to them complete with movie snacks. They will love the company even if they can’t leave their home.
  8. Provide a housekeeper. Pay a professional cleaning service to clean and organize their home – giving them time and space to relax while someone else does the heavy lifting.
  9. Give them the day off. Plan a date where you can sit and care for their loved one while they take the day to do whatever they want.  If their loved one needs professional care, offer to pay for one day of respite care so their loved one will still receive the care they need and be safe while the caregiver enjoys a day to himself or herself.
  10. Simply say, “Thank you!” Many caregivers just like to know they are thought of and appreciated.

Caregivers selflessly give of their finances, hearts and time and ask for little or nothing in return.  Take some time to say “thank you” to a caregiver this Thanksgiving, to let a caregiver in your life know they are appreciated and loved.

Roberta L. Nestor is a financial advisor practicing at 491 New Haven Avenue in Milford, CT offering retirement, long term care, investment and tax planning services.  She also offers securities and advisory services as an Investment Adviser Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network – a member FINRA/SIPC and a Registered Investment Adviser.  Fixed insurance products offered through Nestor Financial Network are separate and unrelated to Commonwealth. Commonwealth Financial Network or Nestor Financial Network does not provide legal or tax advice.  You should consult a legal or tax professional regarding your individual situation.  Roberta can be reached at Nestor Financial Network, 203-876-8066 or roberta@nestorfinancial.com.

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