"The Obvious Often Becomes Obvious ...Just Before It Becomes Obvious."
Susan from Memphis called the show to share her dilemma of caring for her mother from a long distance. With one brother pulling the yeoman's share of the load, resentment cropped into the family.
Yet, Susan didn't quite know what to do.
I asked, "Instead of helping your mother, how about helping your brother?"
When helping a caregiver, t isn't necessary to wrack your brain and try to reinvent the wheel - sometimes, it IS the wheel!
I pointed her to her brother's tires and asked if he could use a new set?
She quickly latched onto that idea and realized he regularly put a lot of miles on his car. In the process, Susan found a tangible way she could thoughtfully show her brother that she cared and was part of the team.
Helping a caregiving doesn't have to be complicated or exotic. Look for the things that caregivers regularly use, and offer to help. Dry-cleaning, grocery shopping, lawn care, home maintenance, car issues, etc.
All of those things can be immensely helpful to a caregiver.
"If one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?" James 2:16
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