Caregivers Month Focuses on Care for Home Caregivers

caregiver-300x199.jpgThere are many months designated to honor certain groups or focus on particular issues, and November is one which is especially important to home caregivers and the people to whom they tend. That's because November is officially National Family Caregivers Month, an excellent time to focus on the 44 million men and women in this country who are providing caregiving services to family members.

2015 Theme

For 2015, the theme of National Family Caregivers Month is "Respite: Care for Caregivers," and it's a very appropriate one. While home caregivers tend to be strong and resilient, taking on responsibilities and chores that require special commitment, the fact is that they are human just like anyone else. Even the most dedicated caregivers have times when they need assistance or need to take a break.

For home caregivers, the term "respite care" refers to a temporary break from caregiving. The length of time involved can vary. In some cases, just getting an afternoon off can be considered respite care; in others, it may mean taking several days, or even weeks, to recuperate.

What's important is allowing home caregivers the opportunity they need to have some "me" time and to recharge their batteries. Respite care can be offered in several ways. For example, it may be in the form of a relative or friend who comes to the house to care for the loved one. It may be in the form of taking the loved one to an adult care center for a day. Sometimes respite care involves engaging a professional caregiver to look after the patient, either at home or in an institutional setting, for an extended period of time.

Ways to Provide Care for Caregivers

Family members and friends can show their appreciation for a particular home caregiver by offering to provide some respite care during November – and at any other time of the year!  It can take many forms, such as:

Finding an occasional block of time to tend to the loved one so the caregiver can get their hair done, go to a movie, or just rest.

Regularly scheduling a "relief" time every week.​​

Setting up a schedule with other relatives and friends so that the main caregiver has more free time.

Offering to take the patient to routine doctor's appointments.​

Arranging to go to the grocery store or run other errands that can free up time for the caregiver.

Home caregivers deserve thanks and gratitude at all times of the year. Make sure that they know how much they are appreciated during National Family Caregivers Month!​

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