Caregiving: Offering Support Without Expectation

By Pamela D Wilson MS, BS/BA, CSA, NCG

No strings attached. How many times do we honestly offer support or assistance to another individual and expect nothing in return?

The “no strings attached approach” is extremely helpful in offering support to a parent, loved one, or friend who truly would benefit from assistance but who is unlikely to ask for help. There are also times when an individual isn’t aware of helpful information or mechanisms that exist to provide support because of a simple lack of knowledge or exposure to outside information or technology.

I personally stumble across helpful information while completing totally non-related projects and then am amazed that I was not previously aware that this information, this tool, this program, or this gadget existed. There are also times when I want to avoid too much technology; that is until I really need the technology for a specific purpose, like GPS on my cellphone for finding my way to an unknown location.

How can caregivers embrace the idea of providing support and expecting nothing in return?

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