I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for CaringBridge. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
Do you know a caregiver? Do you know someone who has selflessly devoted their life to taking care of others? I do, and she is my hero.
My Mom is one of the most loving, caring people I know. Throughout my high school years, she worked as an in-home caregiver for some of the elderly people in town. She enjoyed it so much, that she went on to get her CNA certification, and was hired at a nursing home. She has been there for several years now, working in the dementia ward.
I have visited my Mom at work on a few occasions, and it always amazes me to see her interact with her patients. They are not just patients to her, but they are like her family. She treats them with kindness and respect, listens to them, makes sure that their needs are met, and goes above and beyond to make sure they are comfortable.
My Mom has also been taking care of my Dad for several years now, while he has been ill. She works so hard each and every day, and never complains. She has been such a wonderful role model to my sisters and me, teaching us to be loving, patient and understanding of others. Caregiving is truly her calling in life.
Often times, it seems that caregivers are under appreciated, and that their job duties are misrepresented. There was recently a photo circling the internet, that said “CNAs do more than wipe bottoms”, and that is so very true. Many of the people that my Mom cares for do not have friends or family members that visit with them on a regular basis. My Mom is able to be there for them when they need someone to talk to. She makes them feel loved and appreciated, and cared for.
CaringBridge and Hallmark Cards recognize caregivers, the strong personal heroes who tirelessly help families get through one day at a time when experiencing a hardship, and they are kicking off the “Caring Messages” card contest during National Family Caregiver Month. This is such a great way to celebrate caregivers.
From October 28th through November 17th, the “Caring Messages” card contest encourages participants to draw on personal experiences as a caregiver or as someone receiving care and create a message of love and support appropriate for a caregiver. Participants can submit one card idea in each of the following categories to www.hallmarkcontests.com:
Support and Encouragement: What can you say to lift someone up or help them get through the day? Let them know you’re thinking of them, send happy thoughts and cheer them on.
Compliments and Appreciation: Let someone know how much you admire them: What they do and how they do it.
Words from the Wise: If you’ve experienced something yourself you understand what it’s really like. Write a supportive message for others based on what you’ve learned or what you needed to hear.
This partnership aims to provide patients, caregivers and supporters with love, hope and compassion. Winners announced in February will receive a cash prize, and their entry will be sold at Hallmark.com with in-store sale to be determined.
Will you create a message of love and support for a caregiver?