Self-Directed PA Service

Simple ways to show you care!

The decision to hire an in-home caregiver can be a tough one – it’s never easy to admit you need help. But when you realize you can control your care and it will happen successfully, your life will change for the better.

It’s important to note that many caregivers feel underappreciated for their work. But there are ways to demonstrate your appreciation for their work. Here’s a few options to consider.

  • During any check-in, express your appreciation for their dedication to you or your family member. Ask them if there is anything they need to help them serve you better.
  • Consider a small gift, like a planner. Organization is needed to do their job well and a planner can provide an entire year of support. They can include a month on a two page spread giving plenty of room to track personal activities as well as work schedules.
  • A thoughtful, handwritten thank you card also goes a long way. Show your gratitude with heartfelt words. It can even be sent after they have been discharged.
  • Break the traditional routine and treat your caregiver to a fun day out. Options may include a local shopping trip to their favorite store or a socially-distanced excursion in the neighborhood. Whatever option you decide on is bound to be a wonderful and thoughtful way to show gratitude.
  • Be sure to remember their birthday with a card or small gift. Who doesn’t smile when someone remembers their birthday? And don’t forget to recognize them on the anniversary of their hire date.
  • Check and see if the employer of record could organize an annual appreciation luncheon. This is a good time to get together, share tips, and recognize the great work they do!

While doing all of these things is impractical, doing a variety of things throughout the year will contribute to a better work environment that rewards their hard work and makes them feel more valued. And let’s all work together to advocate for higher pay. Talk to your state representative. Give them your personal story of how the in-home caregivers keep you independent. Working together, we can have a bigger voice.