November is National Family Caregivers Month
Every year more Americans are providing care for someone with a medical condition, a disability or the concerns of aging. The numbers are staggering – over one-third of adults in the U.S. are identified as caregivers. It doesn’t have to be family member – a friend or neighbor can be a caregiver, and it isn’t just elders who need care. Many parents of special needs kids or spouses of returning veterans are finding the stress of caregiving to be difficult and lonely.
Family caregiving is the basis of all medical care in the United States. Caregiving can be stressful physically, emotionally and financially. Family members and friends who provide care to a loved one often think of themselves as daughters, husbands, partners, and friends – not caregivers. Identifying as a caregiver is an important step a person who is playing this important role can take. Family members and friends who understand they are caregivers gain confidence as they gain access to education and support. They can become part of a community of caregivers, while maintaining their role as wives, sons, partners and friends. They also provide the quality care they want for their loved ones while staying healthy and active themselves.
Get resources to help you care, including managing stress, arranging care, dealing with family issues and learning about your role as a caregiver. Contact Faith in Action for Cass County to learn more about area resources for caregivers by calling 866-675-5435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Faith in Action is “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.”