Saturday, November 16, 2013

GUEST POST The perfect Christmas gift for a carer

Jon Pollard, who blogs at We Need Toothpaste, has a suggestion.

Do you know anyone who is a full time carer?

Are you stuck for ideas for a Christmas gift for them?

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.

This article first appeared in the Harborough Mail. You can follow Jon Pollard on Twitter.

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