With Thanksgiving fresh on our minds, we’d like to take a moment to share our gratitude for the caregivers we value so immensely as a residential assisted living facility in AZ. Professional caregivers truly change lives every day, making the world we live in a safer and more joyful place for the seniors of today.
5 Reasons We’re Grateful for Professional Caregivers:
- They enhance the experience of residential assisted living. Professional caregivers are at the heart of any residential assisted living facility, and can truly shape a senior’s experience. For many seniors, making the decision to move from their own home to residential assisted living can feel daunting and uncertain. Professional caregivers dedicate themselves to alleviating these concerns, helping seniors feel comfortable, supported and at home from the outset.
- They offer dignified personal care. The prospect of needing extra assistance with personal care tasks like bathing, using the bathroom and dressing is often one of the most challenging aspects of aging for seniors. With their natural compassion and deep understanding of the struggles and accompanying emotions seniors face, professional caregivers make this transition as easy as possible.
- They empower seniors to live an independent life. Whether a senior is living in a residential assisted living facility in Tucson or their own home, professional caregivers can provide them with the tools they need to live a fulfilling, independent lifestyle. By offering a vital helping hand with activities of daily living like cooking, cleaning and dressing, seniors are left with the time and capability to spend their days doing more of what they love. Seniors deserve to live a rich life, free from the tasks that become a little more difficult as we age, and professional caregivers help them to do so.
- They’re an integral part of family support systems. Professional caregivers touch far more lives than the seniors they care for. For families of aging seniors, seeing a loved one’s health decline can be upsetting. When a senior moves to a residential assisted living facility, their family becomes part of the community, too. Professional caregivers understand the difficult decisions and spectrum of emotions families deal with, and are always there to offer much needed support over a cup of coffee.
- They take the pressure off family caregivers. Offering emotional support isn’t the only way in which professional caregivers enrich the lives of entire families. Family caregivers often sacrifice a great deal to care for an aging loved one, including work, family time and their social life or hobbies. And as their relative’s health declines and their care needs become more complex, these sacrifices inevitably increase. When a family chooses home health or residential assisted living for their loved one, professional caregivers provide the attentive, expert care they need. With valuable reassurance that their loved one is in the best hands, family caregivers are able to restart their own life.
Of course, as we take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the wonderful professional caregivers out there, it’s important not to forget the incredible work of the thousands of family caregivers in the US. Each November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time dedicated to supporting family caregivers and recognizing the heroic work they do.
Family caregivers often find themselves in the position of caring for an aging loved one suddenly and without warning. As we’ve already touched upon, they selflessly sacrifice the activities that are important to them to give their relative the care they need. If you’re a devoted family caregiver, Saguaro Ranch Assisted Living is eternally grateful for everything you do from the goodness of your own heart.
5 Ways to Show Your Appreciation for a Family or Professional Caregiver:
- Write them a card or letter, or send them a text. Sometimes, it’s easier to say how you feel through written words. What’s more, putting pen to paper means they will have a permanent reminder of just how appreciated they are.
- Give them a gift. It could be flowers, chocolates, a voucher for their favorite coffee shop, or anything else they enjoy! Or why not gift them something homemade (because who doesn’t love freshly baked cookies?)
- Run errands or do chores for them. If they’re a family caregiver with a lot of responsibilities, offering to pick up groceries, collect their children from school or cook dinner could be an ideal way to take the pressure off and show them you care.
- Gift them self-care. Whether they’re a professional caregiver or are looking after a parent or loved one, caregiving can be both mentally and physically exhausting. Why not put together a care package (think bubble bath, movies, face masks, speciality tea – the possibilities are endless!) Alternatively, a voucher for a massage, facial or spa day could be just what they need.
- Make time for a chat. Caregivers need emotional support, too. Arrange a date for coffee and a catch up and ask them how they’re doing; a simple listening ear can go a long way.
Both family and professional caregivers are integral in the world of senior care, and we’re truly thankful for them, this month and always.