supporting caregivers

Taking care of a brain cancer patient can be very stressful on family members. Maybe you know a caregiver who needs some love and support. Here are some ideas to show that person you understand and appreciate all they are doing.

  • Offer to make them a meal, shop for groceries or do laundry
  • Offer to handle a weekly task such as children’s pick-ups and drop offs
  • Offer your time to be on watch so they can take a break from caregiving
  • Some gift ideas include:

  • Bathrobe and candle (to encourage their own quiet time)
  • Selection of bath products – bubble bath, pillow, scrubs and more
  • Massage appointment at a local spa
  • Selection of DVD movies (Oscar winners, TV series, comedies, dramas, etc)
  • Magazine subscription to either fun, silly magazines or to favorite topics
  • Gift basket of fresh ground coffees and assorted teas
  • Frozen breakfast goodies like croissants or rolls (e.g. www.williamssonoma.com)
  • A basket of easy to make foods (pasta and pasta sauce and cheese, soups, meatloaf, etc)
  • Eye pillow
  • Create a playlist of soothing or classical music on an iPod or CD
  • An iPod and speaker base (with selection of songs already downloaded)
  • Yoga DVD
  • Relaxing meditation DVD
  • Journal and pen
  • Cozy throw or blanket
  • Slippers
  • Bottle of wine with some cheeses and crackers and a comedy DVD
  • Series of a book (Twilight, Harry Potter, etc)
  • Needlepoint
  • Knitting Kit
  • Travel games (scrabble, etc)
  • A new tote to hold a couple key items for trips to/from the hospital or doctor that one can keep in the car
  • Add some games, magazines, blankets, socks and snacks that have a shelf life

 

 


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