It’s National Family Caregivers Month — Have You Thanked a Caregiver?
Each November is National Family Caregivers Month in the United States. I wrote this tribute in 2008 and wish to share it again to honor and thank family caregivers world-wide.
What is Caregiving?
C is for caring more for others than for yourself
A is for appreciating that all human beings deserve dignity and respect
R is for respite which you need to refresh your body and mind
E is for excellence in all you do for the care recipient
G is for going the extra mile day in and day out
I is for inventing creative solutions to challenging situations
V is for victory over negative and self-defeating thoughts
I is for inspiring others to care more deeply
N is for not giving up when others would in such trying circumstances, and
G is for our gratitude for the TLC you give to others each and every day!
(c) 2008 Linda Abbit
“Day in and day out, more than 65 million family caregivers in this country fulfill a vital role on the care team. No one else is in a better position to ensure continuity of care. Family caregivers are the most familiar with their care recipients’ medicine regimen; they are the most knowledgeable about the treatment regimen; and they understand best the dietary and exercise regimen.” (National Family Caregivers Association)
NFCA coordinates National Family Caregivers Month as a time to thank, support, educate and empower family caregivers. NFC month enables us to:
- Raise awareness of family caregiver issues
- Celebrate the efforts of family caregivers
- Educate family caregivers about self-identification
- Increase support for family caregivers
Please read my previous article about eight easy ways to thank the family caregiver(s) in your life.
If you have an idea on how to thank or help a caregiver in some way, please share it in the Comments section below. Thanks!