We wanted to take the time to say a special thanks to elder caregivers this holiday season. For the elder caregiver taking care of aging parents or other loved ones, this may have been a tough year. You may get little thanks for the job you do as an elder caregiver and may have moments you feel unappreciated. The work you do can be unrelenting and the holiday season often exacerbates the stress. So, with this in mind, we pause to say thank you and remind you that you are giving something that is more precious than any material possession.
In this spirit, we’ll share a few of our favorite inspirational quotes as well as a couple key resources to help, especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
Inspirational Quotes for Elder Caregivers
“One person caring about another represents life’s greatest value.”–Jin Rohn
“Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.”― Tia Walker, from The Inspired Caregiver: Finding Joy While Caring for Those You Love
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the things which you think you cannot do.”— Eleanor Roosevelt
“If you find it in your heart to care for someone else, you will have succeeded.”–Maya Angelou
Advice/Helpful Quotes for Elder Caregivers
“It is so important as a caregiver not to become so enmeshed in the role that you lose yourself. It’s neither good for you nor your loved one.”–Dana Reeve
“You can do anything but not everything.”–David Allen
“Sometimes the one who has been there for everyone else needs someone to be there for them.”–LiveHappy.com
“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”–Victor Borge
Elder Caregivers’ Resources
Respite Care: If you are feeling overwhelmed, it is time for respite care. If you need to travel or take care of holiday errands, it is time for respite care. If you want to know there is someone who can help you and give you a break from time to time who you can trust, it is time for respite care. Read more about what respite care is and when you might benefit, as well as how to prepare for someone else to help care for your aging parent.
Geriatric Care Management Assessment: This is the ultimate caregiver tool for ensuring the best care for your loved one. Consider scheduling a geriatric care assessment in the new year to get things off to a good start!
Support Groups: Check out a local group (sometimes respite if offered while you attend) or find an online support group. Contact us if you need help finding one in Pinellas County/Tampa Bay, Florida.
Check out EasyLiving’s Elder Caregiver Resource Center for lots of great free resources! Call us anytime at 727-447-5845 for individualized help with your eldercare situation! Our Senior Care Consultant will visit with you and your aging parent to determine how we can help–with anything from respite care to transportation, meal prep and help with errands to a geriatric assessment.
We extend the warmest gratitude to all elder caregivers. Those you care for could not have made it through this year without you. We also want to specifically thank our EasyLiving elder caregiver team for their dedication, patience, and caring demonstrated every day in their work.