Help Around the House for Family Caregivers
Job Jar Day, A Family Caregiver Awareness Day, is October 22
More than half of family caregivers go it alone in caregiving. And, more than half describe the caregiving experience as “very stressful” or “stressful.”
~ 2011 Family Caregiver Survey Results, Caregiving.com (For more survey results, visit here.)
To help you get around your house (or your caree’s house), we’ve created Job Jar Day. On October 22, we’re asking others to pitch in and help you for at least two hours.
Want to get your family involved, but not sure how? Send them a copy of our press release with a note: “Would you be able to help me? I would be most grateful.” If your family is not available (or willing) to help, then ask your church, senior center and any other service organization (such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts) for help. You also can the forward the press release to your local newspapers and radio and TV stations and ask them to help get the word out. Remember: Your family may not help. But, there is help for you in the community.
Not sure what you need help with?
We’ve got suggestions. Ask for help:
1. Installing grab bars in the caree’s bathroom.
2. Adding no-skid backing on all throw rugs.
3. Weeding the garden.
4. Mowing the lawn and raking leaves.
5. Cleaning out the refrigerator.
6. Making, and freezing, enough meals to last a week.
7. “Winterizing” the home, preparing storm windows, cleaning the fireplace.
8. Washing windows.
9. Re-painting areas on walls marked up by wheelchair traffic.
10. Giving the caree’s bedroom a deep cleaning.
11. Cleaning the car that the family caregiver and caree use.
12. Getting caught up on laundry.
13. Mopping floors.
14. Organizing closets.
15. Re-arranging furniture to best accommodate care needs.
16. Removing stains on furniture and in carpeting.
Feel free to share more ideas in our comments section, below.
When your family members do come to help, keep the day simple. Refrain from discussions that make everyone crazy. Let go of any resentments or anger you may feel toward family members, however warranted, for the day. Express gratitude for their help.
We hope Job Jar Day helps!
Job Jar Day is one of four Family Caregiver Awareness Days Caregiving.com has developed; Kiss a Caregiver, Cook for a Caregiver and BBQ for a Caregiver (new in 2012) take place annually in November, March and July respectively. Through these days, Caregiving.com hopes to create awareness of the family caregiver role within the community and within the family. And, they create opportunities for other family members to get involved. Sometimes, both family members and family caregivers struggle to communicate effectively with each other; the Awareness Days try to eliminate some of the communication anxiety. For more information, visit www.caregiving.com. Or, email Denise at firstname.lastname@example.org.