National Caregivers Day is an occasion to celebrate and honor those individuals who help our loved ones live better lives. It especially applies to those caregivers who help our elderly family members who require long-term and hospice care.
The third Friday of February is the perfect time to show your appreciation to professional caregivers who assist your loved ones. At the same time, it’s a great opportunity to acknowledge the unpaid family caregivers in your life.
How you can celebrate
There are many ways to celebrate National Caregivers Day. The most important part of celebrating this date is showing appreciation and thanks to the caregivers you know.
You can give gifts and words of gratitude to professional care providers, as well as family caregivers who offer ongoing support.
A family caregiver often puts in long hours taking care of a disabled or elderly loved one, without compensation. You can show them you appreciate their hard work with a small gift, or a simple “thank you.”
Ideas to Show Your Appreciation on National Caregivers Day
You can show your appreciation to the caregivers in your life every day. Take the time to thank them for what they do and offer support however you can. But on National Caregivers Day, it’s especially important to show gratitude for the people who care for those we love.
If you want to do something special to show your appreciation on National Caregivers Day, consider the ideas below.
Post to social media
You can use the hashtag #nationalcaregiversday on social media to share your support. Include a short description of what makes the caregivers in your life so special.
Write a letter of recognition
Sometimes, a sincere “thank you” is the best gift of all. Write a letter to the caregiver in your life detailing why their work means so much.
Donate on behalf of a caregiver
In some cases, offering a gift to a professional caregiver might be off-limits. Instead, you can make a donation to a charity in the caregiver’s name.
Choose one that represents and supports the caregiver’s favorite cause.
Give a gift
You can also give a gift to the caregiver or caregivers in your life, if permitted, to show how much they mean to you. See below for some ideas about what to give as a gift on National Caregivers Day.
Massage, manicure, or pedicure
Caregivers spend so much time caring for others that they might rarely experience care themselves.
You can help them feel pampered with a gift certificate for a massage or other spa services.
Aromatherapy candles or diffuser
Anything that helps a hardworking caregiver relax after a long and stressful day is a great gift idea.
Aromatherapy candles or an essential oil diffuser can show your appreciation on National Caregivers Day.
Caregivers who work long hours might not have a lot of time to treat themselves to fresh-baked cookies, muffins, or brownies.
You can give them an extra boost of energy by bringing in some baked goods. An added benefit of this gift is that they can share with their fellow caregivers at work.
Books for care providers
Give the caregivers in your life the gift of continued learning. Most care providers, both professional and unpaid, are always interested in improving their methods and practices.
Coffee and tea
Another great way to give your caregiver a boost of much-needed energy is with the gift of caffeine. Bring them a fresh-brewed cup of coffee or tea or put together a basket of your favorite brews.
Alternatively, you could give relaxing chamomile or peppermint teas for when they’re unwinding after work.
Anyone in a medical or service industry knows how dried out your hands can get. Caregivers who work with elderly or immunocompromised individuals must wash their hands many times a day.
You can help alleviate that challenge with a nicely scented and nourishing hand lotion.
Treat the caregiver in your life to a dinner at their favorite restaurant or a shopping trip at their favorite store.
On National Caregivers Day this year, be sure to take the time to appreciate the professional and family caregivers in your life. The smallest show of gratitude can go a long way for someone who spends their days caring for others.
- Providers Association. pahhha.org/