There have been several threads dealing with the issues of relationships, incidents and roles of caregivers. In light of this, I thought it would be great to give people ideas on how to bless those who care for them. I know we have some who are single but even with some, you have freinds or families that do things for you at different levels at different times.
Communication could be a major factor. At times, the communication lines get stretched or severed and that brings even more stress. Finding ways of healing or maximizing the ability to communicate on a real level could be important. Sharing expectations and desires is important. I teach our students that unmet expectations equals conflict. Sometimes being able to define and verbalize what our expectations of each other can help.
I mentioned to CCL in a post today that as a pastor, I developed helping hands in our churches where people volunteer to help others. People in or outside the church could call and then we would contact people to help meet the needs presented. Sometimes, having someone bring in a meal once a week or so could be a great relief on a care giver. Finding people who are willing to give rides to appointments could be more that appreciated. We have a group of women who would go and clean a home, no money charged, just to help someone. Men who had yard work ability to working on cars were put to use to help elderly or a single mom who had no idea what to do. I know there are organizations out there including churches that could be utilized. As I told CCL, I am not that important but I have many contacts in many cities that could be used. Sometimes we just need to ask.
There are unique ways to make a caregiver recognition which is not always expected but sure makes them feel appreciated. I think it would be extremely important to show our caregivers, whatever level they help us that what they do is in some cases even a life saver. We have some creative minds here and we can probably come up with many great ideas.