Time to Celebrate the Caregivers in Your Life!
November is National Family Caregivers Month. It's a time for us all to thank the caregivers who do so much.
Did you know this about caregivers?
- Today, over 90 million Americans are caregivers for their loved ones. Many provide care 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
- The average family caregiver is a working mother of school-aged children.
- Up to 70% of the time, the family caregiver—not the patient—manages medications.
- Six out of 10 family caregivers work full- or part-time. Most say they have to cut back on working hours, take a leave of absence, or quit their job entirely to give care.
Although caregiving can be a rewarding experience, it can lead to stress, poor health, and burnout. Here are a few ways you can show your appreciation to the caregivers in your lives:
- Tell them how much you appreciate all their efforts. And tell them you love them
- Encourage them to make time for themselves in order to protect their own health
- Send them a card or bouquet of flowers
- Go online and purchase a gift card to a bookstore, coffee shop, or museum
- Who doesn't like a nice meal? Send them a gift certificate for their favorite restaurant
- Offer a bit of respite care for your busy caregivers. Volunteer a few hours of your time a week to help them out—and to allow them some free time for themselves
These and other actions can help ensure that the caregivers in your life maintain their strength, energy, stamina, and positive attitude.
So, this November, let's all take the time to show our appreciation for the caregivers in our lives—the ones who do so much to improve our quality of life.
Posted by: Los Angeles Jewish Home | Nov 7, 2017
Posted in: Around the Home
Tags: Around the Home, senior health, Connections to Care, geriatric care, Person Centered Care, End of Life Care
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