By Tyra Oldham
Caregiving for family members and professionals is a full-time job. Within the spirit of the holidays, a long-needed break from care is an excellent gift for a caregiver. The role of the caregiver requires patience, focus, and mindfulness. The ability to use your body and mind to care for another can take its toll over time, so this holiday family members find ways to support the ones who care for your family while caregivers find ways to perform self-care.
The caregiving role for family members requires time and energy that can often be underestimated by those looking from the outside. The work attributed to care has an overall impact on healthcare and the economy. Blue Cross and Blue Shield “estimate that nearly 51 million Americans are in need of some form of caregiving.” Family members seeking to provide adequate care may choose to opt-out of work or take a reduction in hours to support their loved ones. When you think of those who are committed to caring, the holidays increase care roles and needs while others celebrate. Caregiving does not stop because of the holidays; the care requirements remain despite the seasons.
The holiday season is a time to give care to the caregiver. Caregivers can, during this holiday, be rewarded with well-needed rest and recuperation.
Please take a moment to reflect on your caregivers and estimate how long they provide care. If their care equals more than 2000 hours, they work close to a full-time job. Some steps non-caregivers can take to support the caregivers in their life are:
- Family members can arrange a schedule with others to give the caregiver some time off.
- Encourage caregivers to perform self-care and take rest, respite, and have fun for themselves,
- Holidays are stressful and often require more work, so this is a time for all to be mindful of the workload and requirements of caregiving. Caregiver, I suggest write and commit to ways to reduce stress and care for themselves during the holidays.
- Non-caregivers find ways to actively support caregivers by removing the peripheral work around caring for others.
Understand that care does not stop for anything; it is continuous and requires someone to do it 365 days the year. The holidays are a time to celebrate those who provide the act of care and show them how much you appreciate their sacrifice and caring for others in the community. It is a good time to adopt the 3C’s to be caring and celebrate caregivers.
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