Respite: Care for Caregivers
In honor of National Family Caregivers’ Month, President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation. The proclamation declares that family members, friends and neighbors dedicate countless hours providing care to their relatives and loved ones. The theme for National Caregivers Month November 2015 is "Respite - Care for Caregivers". “Day in and day out, selfless and loving Americans provide care and support to family members and friends in need. They are parents, spouses, children, siblings, relatives, and neighbors who uphold their unwavering commitment to ensure the lives of their loved ones shine bright with health, safety, and dignity.” – President Barack Obama
It was in 1994 that the Caregiver Action Network started promoting a week-long celebration of family caregivers. President Clinton was the first president to sign a presidential proclamation in 1997 and every president since has followed in those footsteps.
It takes a lot to be able to care for a family member. Day after day, more and more people have to take on the responsibility. As of right now, there are 90 million family caregivers, just in the United States. Solely because they are the most familiar with their loved one’s medications, treatments, and daily routines.
National Family Caregivers Month is a time to thank, support, educate and empower family caregivers. When was the last time you returned the favor?