November is National Family Caregivers Month. As we count our blessings this Thanksgiving Week, let’s remember to give a special nod to those who offer their time and energy, often at the risk of their own health and finances, to ensure the well-being of our nation’s frail elderly and disabled loved ones.
According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, nearly 34 million people nationwide provide unpaid care to a loved one 50 or older. Many caregivers would benefit from relevant resources that can help them provide the best care possible, but they often don’t know where to start.
To help all caregivers and the loved ones they support, here are some helpful tips. For additional resources in your state, including government health and disability programs, legal resources, disease-specific organizations and more, check out the Family Care Navigator provided by the Family Caregiver Alliance.
A Special Thank You to My Brother, Josh Lamhut
It Takes a Village to Raise a Child; It Takes a Coalition to Care For An Aging Adult
What Josh Did for Mom
Shopped, Cooked, Provided Medical Transportation, Provided Entertainment/Activities, Managed Mom’s Personal Care Aide, Picked Her Up When She Fell, Made Her Laugh, Understood Her Moods, Helped Her Maintain Self-Esteem, Managed Mom’s Meds, Dealt With Agencies, Oversaw the Installation of a Ramp, Consulted With Adult Day Care, Tucked Her Into Bed, Helped Her with Balance and Cleanliness, Listened for Her Day and Night, Took Time Off From Work, Visited Her in The Hospital, Consulted With Her Doctors, Saw Her Through Chemotherapy, Consulted With Hospice, Worried, Cared, Worried, Cared, Stressed, Cared, Loved.