The perfect gift idea for a family carer

Do you know anyone who is a full time carer? Are you stuck for ideas for a Christmas gift for them?

Jon Pollard, aka Hippy Jon, is a columnist for the Harborough Mail.

Jon Pollard, aka Hippy Jon, is a columnist for the Harborough Mail.

  • by Jon Pollard

As someone who up till very recently cared full-time for a family member I can help you.

The gift I am about to suggest is very cheap, it may even be completely free.

You can’t wrap it, post or deliver it.

You can’t purchase it in any shop, market or even online.

In all my years as a carer for my mother this was the best gift I ever received, and I was over the moon to receive it no matter how many times it was gifted.

What is this mysterious gift I hear you say?

It’s a day off, that’s what.

Yes, it really is that simple.

It doesn’t need to be anything fancy, just give them a whole day to do their own thing. A whole day of freedom is the best gift a carer can get. A day to recharge, a day away from the duties and responsibilities is an amazing gift that works every time.

I am sure a lot of you know someone who cares, why not think about a special treat for them this Christmas?

Go on, give them the one thing they really want, a day off.

Column by Jon Pollard.

Follow Jon on Twitter, @hippy_jon.

2 Responses to The perfect gift idea for a family carer

  1. Anne Thain says:

    Thank you for sharing this Jon – What a truly fantastic and inspiring idea. I have worked in the health and social care sector all my adult life and for the last 15 years providing complex care to people in their own homes. During this time, I have seen so many family breakdowns as a result of the stress of being an informal carer 24/7/365. Often leading to the person being cared for having to move into high cost residential care.
    Just one day a month would make all the difference to the informal carer. All it would take is for 3-4 people to get together and donate just 1% of their time to this, it would make an unimaginable positive difference. And before we go, lets not even mention the public purse – every unpaid carer is saving the state in the region of £30k p.a. which can be spent elsewhere.

  2. Peter Gooley says:

    My wife and a few of her work friends do this for a family who have a Son, who is now in his 40’s, who was brain injured in a motorbike accident. The take turns to spend Saturday morning, about 4 hours, taking over while the mother can go do things she needs to do.
    I’d suggest a part of this should be to spend some time training in the household before taking over for the day, otherwise the Care Partner will worry the whole time they are away.. Great suggestion Jon.. Cheers
    Peter Gooley
    Alzheimer’s and Dementia Coach

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