Happy November, everyone! This month is National Family Caregivers Month! In honor of National Family Caregivers Month, one of DDI’s amazing supporters, Ms. Rose Walton was awesome enough to share her story as a family caregiver…
“Being a grandparent is a wonderful, life changing experience. Hi my name is Rose. I am a grandparent of 13 beautiful and handsome grandchildren. From ages 2 to 20, 4 of which I am raising myself! That task again can be an experience in itself :). For 19 years, I have been going to meetings, football games, court,etc..just to name a few. I want to bring awareness for those out there raising grandkids with little or No help. I want to be able to explore the ups and downs, in and outs, joys and challenges of the Grandparent/relative caregiving situation. Too many people in our community don’t know about the problems and challenges facing grandparents and relative as caregivers. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, more than 2.4 million grandparents reported that they are responsible for meeting the basic needs of their grands….and that was only what was actually reported. So come on and work with me to give awareness to Grandparents/ relative caregivers.”
Big thanks to Ms. Rose for sharing her story! Be sure to check in with DDI to see what all we are doing for National Caregivers Month…also please share your stories with us!
Caring for others can be frustrating yet rewarding. Show the caregivers you know how much they are appreciated through random acts of kindness. Here are few small ideas that can make a big impact:
1. Assisting with daily caregiving tasks
2. Treating a caregiver to lunch or dinner
3. Giving are caregiver a “Thank You” card or gift for their dedication in caring for others
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”
Thanks for reading!
Kharmen & Team DDI