As if a national day of giving thanks weren't reason enough to express gratitude to those who care for relatives in need, it's also National Family Caregivers Month.
I know I'm preaching to the choir -- of course you realize you deserve a pat on the back! -- but maybe if you express gratitude to a fellow caregiver, it'll come back around to you. (And maybe your relatives or friends will read this with you in mind.)
Below are some ideas for both family and paid caregivers:
Thanking a Family Member
1. Mention caregivers by name before the Thanksgiving meal.
Many families, before they feast, take inventory of all they have to be grateful for. Be sure that those who are caregivers aren't left off the list.
2. Give the gift of a day off.
But don't just offer vaguely and wait for the caregiver to take you up on it. ("If you ever need help with Mom, Dad...") The person may feel unc