This feeling is only natural, and in some way, you, as a caregiver, may even feel something similar when relying on support from family members and friends throughout your caregiving journey.
However, it’s important to remember that feeling like a burden may a singular emotion that only you or your loved one is experiencing. In other words, it’s important to remember that caregivers and those that support you don’t view you as a burden at all.
If you or a loved one struggle with feeling like a burden at times, there is more than one way to express your gratitude than saying thank-you.
Here are few timeless ways to let your loved ones know you truly appreciate them and their support:
1. By expressing your love – saying the words ‘’I love you’’ to a partner that cares for you or supports you is sometimes all they need to hear.
2. By truly listening – this is one of the most under-appreciated gifts you could give. Lending an ear or shoulder to cry on when a loved one needs it can really go a long way.
3. By showing support – by this we mean in the form of a donation to a cause that is close to your loved one’s heart. Instead of buying them a gift, make a donation to their favourite charity to show that you care too.
4. With physical affection – the human touch is another completely undervalued way to show you care. A warm hug can really do wonders for the soul.
5. By being 100% sincere – when you say thank-you to someone for their support, it’s so important to show that you mean it. Think about the ways in which they’ve helped you and explain why you’re grateful to them.
6. With food for the soul – one of the best ways to express your gratitude is with culinary treats, what else! Bake their favourite cake or cookies or make them a delicious, simple dinner to say thank-you.
7. With actions which speak louder than words – if a loved one or friend needs a favour, do it for them to the best of your ability. Nothing speaks louder than following through on your actions as a means of expressing your gratitude
The feelings you or your loved one may be experiencing are justified, of course. They may not have envisioned the later years of their life being completely reliant on a partner, child or sibling for support. In the same breath, you may not have envisioned being so reliant on friends or siblings during your caregiving journey.
However, a little reminder that you chose to care for them out of love and respect – the foundation of any caregiving journey, can go a long way. This also applies to the caregiver – your support network is there for you out of love, care and respect – the basis of any solid relationship and friendship.