Caregiving can be highly stressful for those who are providing the care. It can be physically demanding and mentally exhausting. Taking care of others can also take time away from a caregiver’s own life.
Most caregivers need all the support they can get. And sometimes the best source of support is from other caregivers who are “” by performing or for one another other.
The term “” is an expression referring to the act of returning a kindness done to you by performing an for another person.
Rather than simplythe original giver with a , the recipient seeks a different person to perform an towards. In turn, the new person also goes out and seeks another person to help in one way or another.
Ideally, by doing so,creates a chain of that spreads into a community. It’s a of kindness.
Giving thanks for anbestowed upon you is the standard response. But taking it one step further, and by doing so it distributes kindness to others.
can foster a culture of assistance, selflessness, and kindness within a community.
Most caregivers are unpaid and, furthermore, perform their tasks out of love or kindness rather than for payment. These daily tasks are typically ones that the care recipient can’t do for themselves.
The following numbers mentioned below provide a picture of just how much work goes into caregiving.
Roughly 74% of caregivers cook and feed the person they are caring for.
About 55% of caregivers spend 6 hours a day or more providing care.
Approximately 15% of caregivers spend 25-45% of their own funds to carry out their caregiving activities.
Caregivers often don’t have time for their own needs.
For example, about 38% of caregivers sacrificed time away from work or exercise to perform caregiving activities.
Caregivers spend a significant amount of time looking after someone else, without the expectation of a reward or return.
Because they spend so much time giving, they often feel hesitant to ask for assistance or accept help. The practice ofcreates a network of assistance, without having to ask for it.
It’s evident that caregivers are impacted by their caregiving responsibilities, physically, mentally, and financially. This impact is whyis so necessary when it comes to the caregiving community. After all, only other caregivers can truly understand what it’s like to care for others every day.
In the end, caregivers can be one another’s strongest social support.
The following are four ways caregivers canto another caregiver, by performing a or two for each other.
Oneis to designate a couple of hours or a day to take over for another caregiver, and encourage them to use those hours for self-care activities.
For example, a haircut appointment may seem unnecessary, but a trim or a new hairstyle can work wonders for self-confidence.
Sometimes, allowing another caregiver a few hours to nap or catch up on sleep can make all the difference.
One way tois to create a “ phone-tree.” Sometimes, calling in on another caregiver means randomly phoning them whenever the notion occurs to do so. However, pre-assigning a phone-tree ensures that each caregiver receives a check-in at regular intervals.
Each person on a phone-tree is assigned to call another person within 24 hours of receiving their call.
A phone-tree starts with an assigned day of the month and a person starts the phone-tree, calls their assigned caregiver peer, and that person then calls another assigned caregiver peer. In this way, the responsibility to check with other caregivers falls equally on a group, rather than one person doing all the calling.
While caregivers do need support, very often what they need more are resources. Creating or joining a resource group for dementia or autism caregivers, for example, can direct members to areas where they can obtain assistance, likeor government sources.
A group for caregivers to share knowledge and viable resources can immensely improve a caregiver’sand caregiving duties.
Althoughdoesn’t have to be anonymous, many in the prefer to perform their anonymously.
Caregivers can choose to purchase or save gift cards from restaurants and retailers, and disburse them to other caregivers anonymously — perhaps through a resource group or caregiver phone-tree. Small gift cards to the local, , or pharmacy can brighten up a caregiver’s day.
Most people recall the term “” because of the movie with the same name.
The movie,, starred a young , , and and was released in the year 2000. In this movie, a attempts to start a .
Although his attempts don’t appear to make a significant impact at first, they eventually make a difference in the lives of each person touched by the movement. The movie is also based on a fiction novel of the same title by author.
Surprisingly, theis not a model one, despite its recent resurgence. After loaning a friend of his some financial assistance, famously asked his friend to “ ”, instead of him back the money. also brought up the concept in his 1841 essay Compensation, in which he emphasizes the need to repay to others rather than toward the original benefactor.
Look up “” on , and you’ll find that the concept has been around for centuries.
Nationally and globally,occurs on April 28 of each year. Founder began in 2007 after being inspired by 's .
is a celebration of how , no matter how small, can cause a of kindness. Initially started in Australia, is now observed in 85 countries.
If you’re interested in learning more about the, visit the , a started by author .
A Licensed Registered Nurse in the mental health field for nearly 15 years.
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