Family caregivers spend thousands of hours taking good care of their aging relatives that need help.
With age comes a loss of the strength and stamina to do many of the daily care tasks that were once so effortless, requiring family members to step in and take care of them. National Family Caregivers Month is designed to spotlight the service that these devoted relatives give to elderly adult and to provide them with the resources they need to make things easier, learn more about senior needs and what it takes to ensure their own physical and mental health.
When elderly people develop chronic illnesses, disease, injuries, and age-related conditions, it can leave a big impact on how well they can get through the day on their own. Conditions like arthritis, diabetes, after-effects of a stroke and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can limit how well seniors can stand, grasp, walk and work. This can lead to significant problems for them to complete daily tasks around the home, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, housekeeping, laundry and meal preparation. When an elderly adult cannot live independently, they must rely on family, friends and other senior resources.
National Family Caregivers Month is recognized by thousands of health organizations, senior care groups, state agencies, and local governments as they work together to raise awareness of caregiver issues, praise the efforts of family caregivers, generate support for them and get valuable resources into their hands. As family caregivers are recognized and honored, they can also learn about how to solve unique problems they face in looking after their elderly relatives.
The types of materials available for family caregivers by the different organizations for November’s National Family Caregivers Month range from senior health information and local senior resources to family caregiver health and wellness to hiring home care providers. There are endless opportunities for family caregivers to improve the quality of life for their aging relative, and for themselves.
One of the greatest assets that family caregivers for aging adults can access is information about in-home care providers. These are professional and compassionate assistants that know how to work with aging adults in their own home. They can take care of the senior while the family caregiver takes some time away. This respite care is important so that family caregivers have the chance to address other responsibilities, step away from the frustrations of long-term care and invest in their own health.
Perhaps the most important aspect of having November designated as National Family Caregivers Month is the idea that family caregivers have the support of their community in a situation where they often feel alone and isolated. Unpaid and underappreciated, family caregivers often suffer from chronic stress and burnout. With the help and support of participants in National Family Caregivers Month, family caregivers can get the information they need to feel energized and successful all year long.