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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Gift of Time

If you’re struggling to find a gift for a caregiver, we have a solution. Offer them the gift of time.

Most caregivers don’t want to recognize that they need a break from their role. And, as a result, they won’t ask for it. Especially if they have been at it for a long time, the likelihood is that they definitely need some respite.

Here are some common timeframes to consider for caregivers.

Generally during the first year to 18 months, the primary caregiver, with some support from other family members and friends, needs minimal but regular respite or time off not only to care for their own needs but often just to get a break.

If the caregiving is going on for a significantly longer time – two years or more – it is likely the primary caregiver is now facing their own serious issues both medical and emotional. They may feel alone and see no end to their situation, since, by this point, other family and friends may no longer be as helpful. By this point it is critical that in addition to any remaining family and friends, professional caregivers are part of the plan.

But let’s start simple. It is the holiday season. The best gift you can give a caregiver is the gift of time. And insist that they take it. If they have not been utilizing respite care, this is the perfect time to start.


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