Since you were diagnosed with chronic lung disease, you’ve probably had a support system surrounding you, whether it is family, friends, neighbors or hired caregivers. You know you can count on them for just about anything, including help with daily meals, bringing in the mail or assisting you with your oxygen therapy. While you know you appreciate their help, it doesn’t hurt to say thank you every now and then.
TexasOncology.com shares several ways you can say thank you to the caregiver(s) in your life:
1. Just say “thank you.” Sometimes the words can be hard to utter, but caregivers will appreciate you expressing your gratitude out loud.
2. Give your caregiver a day off. Look at your schedule and pick a day when you will require the least amount of help. Or better yet, do something together that you both enjoy. Perhaps you’d both like to see the latest film or a new show at the local theater. Make it a night both of you will remember.
3. Provide supplies for a fun-filled time. If your caregiver has a favorite hobby, like reading or knitting, make sure you stock up on new books or knitting yarn. Pick up their favorite snacks next time you are at the grocery store or put together a package of writing notes, stamps, pens and notecards so they can write to friends and family. You can even invite your caregiver to bring his or her children over for a play date; provide a t-ball set, sidewalk chalk or painting supplies.
4. Give your caregiver a rest. If possible, enlist other family members or friends to provide dinner once a week so your caregiver can take that night off for themselves. If you are financially able, surprise your caregiver with monthly cleaning services at their house. Or, if you enjoy baking, leave a basket of muffins or cookies at the front door for a weekend treat.
5. Remember to be a friend, too. One of the easiest ways to let someone know you care is by being a good listener. Don’t always focus on your own problems, and don’t always talk about your illness. Instead, ask your caregiver how his or her day is going, and really listen.
If you are a caregiver for someone with chronic lung disease, download the free guide, “Living with COPD: A Caregiver’s Guide,” to learn even more ways you can assist your loved one.
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