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Thriving Matters

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
— Dalai Lama


couple-holding-hands-253731_mlThriving Caregiver Matters

Here are a few tips to spread love with your caregiver:

  • Write a handwritten thank you letter to your caregiver.
  • Tell the you appreciate them.
  • Give them a surprise gift.
  • Encourage them to take up a new hobby.
  • Encourage your caregiver to take time out for themselves every day and not to give up time with friends, social contacts or activities.
  • Ask them: What do you need? How do you feel?
  • Buy, borrow or check out a book at the library on their favorite topic.
  • Provide opportunity to share honest feelings in a safe way.
  • Encourage them to do activities with others.
  • Laugh often with them.
  • If they have pets, encourage time to share their pets.
  • Enjoy time together in an old hobby.
  • Take some new pictures together, start a new photo album filled with your favorite memories.
  • Confirm they are taking care of their health too. Use this as a time to begin or enhance healthy lifestyles for everyone in the family.
  • Arrange for them to have a day at the spa.
  • Do something daring with them, or encourage them to try something new.
  • Honor your caregiver’s limits.
  • Watch for signs of depression or burnout and encourage caregivers’ support groups or professional therapy.
  • Ask them to share their favorite music with you.
  • Write them a song, draw them a picture.
  • Love and compassion are free; share generous portions daily.


Look for a unique way to thank them, so unique that in years to come they will remember how you cared. Use this as a time to love more deeply and to live more fully.