28 Ways to Show the Love: Tell Me What You Can Do

Denise

28 Ways to Show the Love: Tell Me What You Can Do

Denise
Each day in February, we’ll share a way that family members and friends can help the family caregiver in their lives. (A family caregiver is an individual who cares for a family member or friend, just like you.) Through our campaign, we hope to create awareness of what family caregivers do and how others can help.

Today’s tip comes from me; I help my parents and an aunt: Rather than telling me what I should do, offer what you can do.

Why this tip is important: I would so appreciate your offer of help. I often hear people telling me what to do, how to do it, when to do it. It's rare that someone will say, "You've got your hands full. I can help by (then tell me how I can help like doing a load of laundry)." When you tell me how you can help, you're helping me take an item off my To Do list. When you tell me what I can do, you are adding an item to my To Do list. My To Do list is full which is why I'll be forever grateful if you tell me what you can do to help and then do it.

(Have an idea you’d like us to include? Email your idea to Denise and include an explanation of why your tip is so important.)