Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Words Every Caregiver Needs to Hear
Hello and welcome to Monday Mojo for Caregivers. Everyone knows that caregivers try to “do it all”. They don’t like asking for help or sharing problems with others – even with close friends and family members. It’s not that we don’t want to reach out – it’s just that we don’t know how to ask for what we want or we would feel guilty doing so.
Today, the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center would like to share some words with you that you need to hear.
1. “I’m so sorry. I hate that you have to go through this experience.”
Simply acknowledging that caregiving is difficult can be comforting to them. A little commiseration can go a long way.
2. “I don’t know what to say, but I’m here if you need me.”
When caregivers go through hard times, what they most often need is the company of a loved one – not pity, not small talk, just company from someone they love and trust.
3. “I’m going to the store. What groceries do you need?”
Offering assistance makes it much easier for a caregiver to accept help! They’ll appreciate you for being so pro-active. What a great way to show you care.
4. You’ve been on my mind. Want to get together this week?”
Caregivers often become isolated. Reminding a caregiver that he/she still has a friend is very comforting. Allowing the caregiver to pick the time and place shows respect.
5. “I think you’re an amazing caregiver!”
Everyone knows how encouragement can boost confidence and lift spirits. Besides, family caregivers really need at least one cheerleader in their corner – someone who can lift them up when their world seems to be falling down!
To speak with the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
The number one thing you can do as the family member or friend of a caregiver is be patient. Understand that caregivers really don’t understand the place that they’re in either. That’s where we come in. To speak with the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center, please call us at (877) 760-9199 or email us below. Thanks for watching today’s Monday Mojo for Caregivers and we’ll see you again next week!