The Caregiver Action Network (CAN) designated November as National Family Caregivers Month as a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. In most cases, before patients need the help of a professional, they rely on the care provided by their own family members. In fact, the most common type of caregiver is the family caregiver, someone who takes care of a family member without pay.
This annual observance offers an opportunity to raise awareness of common caregiving issues, educate communities on the topic, and increase support for caregivers, and this year’s theme of “Caregiving Around The Clock” specifically highlights the unending job that is caregiving.
What are the common caregiving issues?
According to the Administration for Community Living (ACL), research indicates caregiving takes a significant emotional, physical, and financial toll due to several factors, such as:
1. One of out of every four caregivers reports diminished family relationships because of caregiving for a loved one, whether with the family member they are providing care for or other family members.
2. Most caregivers work outside the home either part- or full-time in addition to their caregiving responsibilities causing conflicts between competing responsibilities.
3. Nearly 70 percent of caregivers report they don’t pay as close attention to their own health because of their responsibilities.
How can I support family caregivers?
The ACL offers a variety of programs, councils, and research projects that help support and empower those caring for older adults and people with disabilities. Visit the following link to read through the available opportunities: https://acl.gov/programs/support-caregivers.
I’m a family caregiver. Are there resources for me?
Yes. The most important thing to remember is you are not alone. Visit one of the following links for helpful tips on how to care for your family member and, equally important, yourself:
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