31 Ways to Care for Caregivers

To kick off our #iCareforCaregivers campaign, we’re sharing a list of 31 ways you can care for caregivers. Want to learn more about #iCareforCaregivers and how you can join in on the sharing and caring? Check out the official webpage at pagerobbins.org/icareforcaregivers.

We encourage you to think of a caregiver you know and do one thing each day this month to show him or her you care. Make a caregiver’s day! Let’s reduce caregiver isolation and stress one good day at a time.

1. Smile
2. Give a hug
3. Say, “You’re a wonderful caregiver!”
4. Listen, don’t interrupt
5. Give them the benefit of the doubt
6. Mail a card just because
7. Call
8. Send a funny or encouraging text
9. Take a bouquet of flowers
10. Drop off a small treat at the door with no “from” on it
11. Go visit
12. Invite them over for a meal or football game
13. Invite them over just because
14. Have a normal conversation
15. Remember and recognize birthdays/anniversaries that their loved one might forget
16. Have coffee, muffins, and conversation one morning
17. Take them their favorite Sonic or Starbucks drink
18. Shop for groceries or pick up groceries that have been ordered online
19. Take them out to eat
20. Make a meal or an extra casserole
21. Stay with their loved one for an hour or so while they run errands, go to an appointment, attend worship, etc.
22. Pay for or be an in-home caregiver for the day
23. Help them remember and keep doctor/dentist appointments
24. Roll the garbage can to the street and roll it back when it’s been emptied
25. Offer to do some “honey-do’s,” like changing lightbulbs and air filters
26. Do housework or hire housekeeping help
27. Mow the yard or hire a yard service
28. Wash clothes
29. Put gas in the car
30. Take the car to have it washed and/or serviced
31. Ask specifically what the caregiver needs, and do it