Well, news articles about the number of caregivers and their problems can certainly help raise awareness. And sometimes that’s enough to get help.
Every U.S. President since President Clinton in 1997 has recognized caregivers every year. The National Family Caregiver Month started as a weekly observance during Thanksgiving week, and has expanded to include the entire month of November.
In this year’s Proclamation of National Family Caregivers Month, President Obama wrote,
“National Family Caregivers Month is a time to reflect on the compassion and dedication that family caregivers embody every day. As we offer our appreciation and admiration for their difficult work, let us also extend our own offers of support to them and their loved ones. “
Reaching out to caregivers can be a lifesaver.
There are over 65 million family caregivers in the United States! They may feel alone, but they are not.
How do you know if you’re a caregiver?
You are a caregiver if you provide care to someone else. Many people think of caregivers as helping someone with bathing, dressing, eating and other activities of daily living. You may also be a caregiver when –
- You grocery shop for someone.
- You pay a bill for him – or making sure his bills are paid.
- You drive her to an appointment when she cannot.
- You check on someone regularly.
- You make sure someone takes her medicines as prescribed.
And many more.
So thank you for all you do. And if you are not currently a caregiver, but know one, why not reach out this month? Can you think of a better way to observe National Family Caregiver Month?
You may just help him or her prevent caregiver stress. And make his or her world a little better.
To help prevent caregiver stress you can be proactive. One way is to follow “A HEART PLAN” – a road map to more than survive – to thrive- in caregiving! Click here now to download your road map for yourself or a caregiver you care about.
To your healthy and happy caregiving,