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Five Ways to Thank Your Home Dialysis Care Partner

DaVita® is honoring all of its home care partners in February with Care Partner Appreciation Month. If you are a DaVita home dialysis patient, talk to your home dialysis center to find out when they are holding their event. Find more information about how DaVita supports home patients and their care partners.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or diagnosis from a physician.

What is a home dialysis care partner?

A home dialysis care partner is someone who helps a person with home dialysis treatment and also in many other ways, such as picking up medications, cooking meals and giving emotional support. This person often is someone you already have a relationship with, such as a friend, family member or neighbor.

Has your care partner gone above and beyond the call of duty? The best way to show your appreciation is to give thanks. Here are five ways you can say “thank you”:

1. Give your care partner a gift

A gift that keeps your care partner’s tastes and interests in mind is appropriate. Think about buying something that he or she wouldn’t normally purchase directly. If you happen to have similar tastes, get something you like that your care partner may not know about. Consider giving a unique gift — an autograph from a favorite athlete, the first edition of a favorite book or a piece of art, for example.

Care partners who consider themselves foodies will appreciate a gift card to a local restaurant. If they have a lot of physical stress during their day, try a gift certificate to a spa. Gift cards for book and music stores are good ideas as well. Gift cards can be appropriate when you know what your care partner likes but aren’t sure if he or she has a specific item already.

2. Make something (edible or not)

Everyone needs to eat, and sometimes it’s hard to find time to cook. Try cooking your care partner’s favorite meal or dessert. Put together “instant meals” with pre-measured ingredients and a recipe card. If you don’t have a knack for cooking, order takeout from a restaurant; your care partner will appreciate that getting dinner on the table is one less thing to arrange in a busy day.

If money is tight, consider crafting something. Ideally, you want to match your skills to your care partner’s interests. If you knit or crochet, make your care partner a blanket. Make a decorative frame or stand for a favorite photo, or try your hand at a floral arrangement. Not everyone is crafty, so if you know a close friend who is, ask to make something nice yet inexpensive for your care partner and offer to pay for the materials.

3. Lend a helping hand

Find a way to make your care partner’s life easier. Help wrap gifts, make cookies for a school bake sale or babysit. If your care partner is a family member, do a household chore he normally does and offer to pitch in when you can. Anything you can think of that will either relieve your care partner’s stress or provide more free time in his day will show your gratitude and certainly be valued.

4. Write it down

A hand-written note is rare in the age of email and text messaging. Writing down how much you appreciate your care partner is a simple yet thoughtful gesture. Place the note in his bag or her purse as a surprise at a later time. You can also mail the thank-you note to your care partner’s home if he or she lives elsewhere.

5. Say “thank you”

This is the simplest of all. It costs nothing and takes almost no time, but saying "thank you" can be the most effective way to show gratitude to your care partner. Tell your partner he or she makes your life easier, better and happier.

Summary

Home dialysis care partners do so much to help support you physically and emotionally; it’s nice to show admiration for all they do. It doesn’t have to cost a lot or take much time to show your appreciation.

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