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30 Ways to Give Thanks to Caregivers

Caregivers are unsung heroes throughout cancer treatment. In most cases, a friend or loved one stands with the patient to provide critical emotional and physical support and care that enables cancer patients to complete their treatment. Their role is vital, but often overlooked.

Saying “thank you” and recognizing the efforts of caregivers are important ways others can provide support during cancer treatment. Texas Oncology encourages you to thank a caregiver for all their sacrifices and support.

Thanks and support for caregivers can take many forms. Here are 30 ideas to get you started:  

  1. Say “thank you”
  2. Give a day off – guilt free
  3. Do something together that you both enjoy
  4. Drop off supplies for a favorite hobby (such as knitting yarn or a new book)
  5. Invite his/her children for a play date
  6. Pick up extra groceries on your next shopping trip
  7. Talk about something other than cancer
  8. Fill their vehicle with gas
  9. Help a new caregiver get organized with his or her new role
  10. Put together a package for writing notes, including stamps, pens, and assorted note cards
  11. Ask for a list and run errands
  12. Organize and schedule other friends to provide dinner
  13. Mow the lawn
  14. Create a “Caregiver Kit” with hospital/waiting room essentials (such as blanket, snacks, book)
  15. Sit with the patient for an afternoon
  16. Donate house-cleaning services or offer your own services
  17. Leave a basket of muffins or cookies by the front door
  18. Provide a favorite movie for the caregiver and patient to enjoy together
  19. Offer to take their car for routine service
  20. Drive the patient to a medical appointment
  21. Transport kids to school and activities on a regular basis
  22. Deliver a bag of essentials to make easy but healthy lunches
  23. Help fill out insurance and other paperwork
  24. Provide “handyman” services
  25. Create an online page to keep family and friends updated and offer to post regularly
  26. Research resources for the patient and caregiver
  27. Donate your professional services (such as legal or accounting)
  28. Walk the dog and take care of pets
  29. Do the laundry
  30. Stay in touch and be a good listener

Source: AARP, American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, Texas Oncology

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