Your mom provides all the care your dad needs. It’s wearing her out. Maybe your sister is the one caring for your dad throughout the week. If you know a family caregiver, helping out is important but not always feasible. If you live too far away to offer help, you could be just as helpful by surprising them with a care package.
A Pampering Care Package
One thing that helps reduce stress while providing care is a little self-pampering. Family caregivers may not want to go out. After a busy or stressful day, they want to curl up at home and shut out the world.
For this type of care package, put in a gift card to a favorite bookstore, a lavender candle to help with relaxation, and a bottle of aromatic bubble bath designed to ease tension. Pair these items with a gift certificate for a meal delivered to the home.
A Care Package Full of Tasty Treats
Sometimes having some healthy, tasty treats on hand for busy days is important. Fill up a care package with snacks that are easy to grab and provide some nutrition. Roasted nuts, favorite fruits, and whole-grain crackers and cheese are good to add to this kind of care package.
A Care Package for the Hobbyist
Do you know what the family caregiver is passionate about? You can stock that person up with items needed for the hobby. If gardening is a passion, create a care package full of heirloom seeds, starter pots, and other items that help get a garden started.
If the person loves to knit, buy skeins of yarn in a range of colors. For the home brewer, a care package filled with the grains, hops, and yeast needed for a batch is a great gift.
Caring for an elderly parent is challenging. There’s a lot of give and take involved. The senior isn’t always going to be thrilled to have a “child” dictating the daily schedule. Even when care is necessary, there is bound to be agitation. For the adult child trying to provide that care, it can be emotionally draining to have a parent pushing you away.
Respite care from qualified caregivers is another great way to take a break. While a caregiver takes over providing the care, the family caregiver is able to go out with friends or family members. It’s a break that helps refresh and de-stress. Learn more about respite care and other benefits caregivers provide.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care Services in Alpharetta, GA, please call the caring staff at Always Care Nursing Service today.
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Always Care of Georgia since 2001
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