Each and every day, there are countless people who devote their time and energy to taking care of others. Whether it’s a relative or a loved one, family caregivers are there every step of the way to help ensure that their loved ones have the necessary support and compassion during whatever struggles they may be facing.
As a token of appreciation, November has been officially recognized as National Family Caregivers Month to give thanks and praise for the devotion and hard work that each caregiver provides.
By celebrating and dedicating one month throughout the year, it aims to highlight these four specific areas:
Devotion and Hard Work
Many people depend on their family to take care of them and provide the support that they require in order to make it through each day. Without caregivers, life would be a struggle. The sheer dedication through each kind and helpful gesture - each meal that’s prepared, and each action that’s taken to help ease the burden off of their loved one - is something that must be celebrated and given thanks for. It is these selfless individuals that allow so many others to get through life.
Commending and giving thanks to our caregivers also increases and provides awareness to their cause and efforts, and also brings attention to issues that they may often face.
Whether it’s problems with medical supplies, access to certain facilities or support, any area that causes their efforts to be less effective, the month of November is the platform on which any issues can be truly identified and discussed.
Educate Family Caregivers
Many caregivers that take on this role for a family member may often not be fully aware of their rights and responsibilities. That’s why during this month, we aim to provide information to help inform and educate family caregivers on what exactly this role entails and means for both them and their family member for whom they are taking care of.
Of course, it’s hard to fully understand just how much time, energy, dedication, and selflessness family caregivers provide. But it’s not hard to imagine. And that’s why the month of November is offered as a time that is devoted to providing the kind of support that they can lean on.
If you or someone you know is a family caregiver, it’s important to know that this isn’t something that you must endure alone. Support is available to provide you with a helping hand so that you too can take the time to take care of yourself. Come speak with us to learn how you can access our network of help and support.
- Stephen Bleeker