Sarah Cannon - November 08, 2016

Portrait of a mature embracing couple

November is National Family Caregiver’s Month – a perfect time to give an extra “thank you” to all of the professionals, spouses, parents, children, friends and family members who selflessly help take care of a loved one who is fighting cancer. Caregivers come from all over, walking with people facing cancer every step of the way.

This Caregiver’s Month, show your caregiver how much you appreciate his or her support. The cancer journey can be challenging for all loved ones involved.

Try some – or all – of these 10 tips to show the caregiver in your life how much you appreciate him or her:

  1. If it is possible, treat your caregiver to a special day to show your appreciation – shopping, the spa or anything else they may enjoy.
  2. If you are able, go with your caregiver to his or her favorite activity.
  3. Bring your caregiver something special this month – a favorite candy, flowers or a card.
  4. Help your caregiver create his or her own list of to-dos – like finding time for physical activity, alone time, health check-ups, relaxation exercises, or fun hobbies that help them unwind.
  5. Let them know that it is okay to make themselves a priority. Just because they need time by themselves does not mean they are a bad caregiver!
  6. Help your caregiver plan ahead for tasks if you are able, like making a grocery list or planning out logistics for doctor appointments.
  7. Ask for extras support from family or friends so that your primary caregiver does not feel alone.
  8. Encourage your caregiver to connect with other caregivers in the community.
  9. Always keep good communication a priority and let them know your communication goals so they can stay on pace with you.
  10. e sure to remind your caregiver how thankful you are for him or her! Caregivers are key members of your healthcare team, walking with you from diagnosis through survivorship.

Sources: ShareCare