While people may mean well, sometimes friends, co-workers and other acquaintances offer advice that a caregiver has heard a 100 times before and has lost any of its intended meaning. While most of the time caregivers will simply grin and bear it, everyone, including and especially caregivers, need to vent now and then.
For those that have caregivers in their lives, no one is trying to personally insult your sincere words of encouragement. But it’s hard to imagine what it’s really like to be a caregiver until you are in that role. So the next time a caregiver you know is going through a challenging or frustrating period, perhaps show your compassion through actions instead of words. Offer to provide caregiving services for an afternoon, or do a chore or errand for the caregiver. Research support services in the caregiver’s area. Of course, being a good listener is also a great gift.
So tell us, what piece of caregiving advice have you received from others that you are just sick and tired of hearing? What you would appreciate hearing instead?