As caregivers (and just as people), we realize it’s important to show appreciation and to be appreciated. In Wisconsin, McFarland Senior Outreach Services partnered with the Harmony Living Center of McFarland to express their appreciation and gratitude by giving Valentine’s Day gift boxes to local people working caregiver jobs. (Read the whole story here.)
This county has performed this act of kindness four years in a row. They fill the boxes with gift cards and food, and deliver them to deserving family caregivers who could use some encouragement and appreciation.
What can we learn from the people of Dane County? Care teams matter! People who work caregiver jobs, both professionally and volunteer, deserve thanks and gratitude. They help communities run smoothly and they work hard for the comfort and health of others.
Now not everyone has an organization that regularly showers them with gifts and appreciation, but caregivers can appreciate and care for themselves too! Being a caregiver, you can experience quite a bit of stress on a regular basis. It’s extremely important to pay attention to your own well-being. Read a good book, take a nap, or maybe even see a counselor! Self-care prevents caregiver burnout.
Another thing we can learn from the Dane county folks is to care for and appreciate the rest of our care team. If you work with other caregivers, medical staff, or anyone you feel might need a pick-me-up, do something kind for them! Make a “CAREgiver package,” bake them some cookies, or send them a card (and you can get more ideas on our caregiver activities guide)! Recognize the talents and hard work of the people around you, and foster a community of support and gratitude.