NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVERS MONTH
National Family Caregivers Month in November recognizes the dedication of family members who provide round the clock care to loved ones. When medical conditions demand attention, family step into roles, they are often unprepared to accept. They become caregivers instead of partners or friends. Sometimes this change occurs in an instant.
The month sheds light into their demanding days, but it also identifies their needs. From morning to night, a caregiver balances the needs of the patient and their family. They also see to financial matters and the household necessities.
Caregivers rarely have time for themselves. There’s always another thing to be done. However, a caregiver requires rest, too.
HOW TO OBSERVE
During November, consider providing a respite for someone you know who provides care for a loved one. Offer to spend time with them or to learn to help out. Ask what you can do to make a difference. Visit npaonline.org for more information. Use #FamilyCaregiversMonth to post on social media.
In 1997, President Clinton proclaimed November to be National Family Caregivers Month for the first time.
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