“How does she do it?” Many of us have asked this question, amazed at how the caregiver in question manages her household duties, takes care of her husband and children, and provides care for a chronically ill parent or loved one in addition to taking care of herself. We look through eyes of admiration at the strength and dedication she demonstrates and watch in awe as she provides loving care without voicing any complaints. Sometimes this care goes without thanks or appreciation and oftentimes it is at the expense of the caregiver’s physical, mental, emotional, and/or financial health. From our vantage point they seem to have it all together, juggling their numerous responsibilities without missing a beat. Though they may not voice it they could use our help. The question that we are going to answer is “what can we do to aid these selfless laborers of love?”
National Families Caregiver Month
November is National Family Caregivers Month. This national proclamation was established in 2012 to honor the millions of people (majority women) who take care of chronically ill or disabled family members. This is the perfect time to find ways to lighten the load of a family member or neighbor who is a caregiver to a loved one. If you are unsure about what help you can offer, we are going to provide you with some suggestions on various ways you can celebrate and support their efforts.
Caring for the Caregiver
Below are five ways that we can help care for the caregiver:
The theme for this year’s National Family Caregivers Month is “Caregiving Around the Clock”. It perfectly describes the life of a family caregiver, as their job never ends. They selflessly provide care 24/7. Recognize their tireless efforts and offer support in one or more of the five ways noted above, or in other areas that you come up with, so they can clock out occasionally.
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