Giving Thanks for Amazing Family Caregivers
Posted: 11/25/2019 5:38 PM by
This time of year often gives us time to pause, reflect and be thankful. Of course, it’s also good practice to be thankful all year round!
With Thanksgiving this week, and in honor of National Family Caregivers Appreciation month, we’d like to take this opportunity to offer a tremendous thanks to family caregivers. According to Pew Research Center, there are 40.4 million unpaid caregivers in the United States. Nine out of 10 of those are caring for a parent. Nearly a quarter of those are providing essential care for two adults!
Why family caregivers are amazing
If you know someone who serves as a family caregiver for a loved one, or perhaps if you yourself are a family caregiver, you see firsthand the incredible generosity shown by these selfless individuals.
But in the spirit of the season, we’d like to share just a few of the reasons why we give thanks for amazing family caregivers:
They seem to do it all.
Many family caregivers are not only caring for their senior loved ones, they’re balancing work, home (many times including their own kids and spouses), hobbies and more, all while ensuring their loved ones are safe, happy and healthy.
They underestimate their contributions.
While family caregivers are truly giving their “all,” they’re often the first ones to play down their contributions, minimizing the incredible nature of their giving.
They help their loved ones stay at home.
Given the choice, an overwhelming number of seniors choose to stay at home over moving into assisted living or other senior housing. Because of their commitment and care, family caregivers empower their loved ones to continue living and aging at home.
They keep their loved ones healthy.
As we age, it can be challenging to remember appointments and other important information. From medication reminders to preparing healthy meals, family caregivers ensure their loved ones are getting what they need to stave off illness.
They promote activity in their loved ones.
Getting out of the house and moving are extremely important for mental and physical health. Oftentimes, family caregivers are taking their loved ones out for coffee, to the grocery store, and for visits with grandchildren, friends and others. Of course, this is in addition to the benefit of their own visits!
They aren’t afraid to ask for help when they need it.
Although it can sometimes feel like they need to “do everything,” many family caregivers understand the limitations to their abilities, and take advantage of the resources that are available to them. From support groups to home care services, family caregivers build a team to help ensure the care, safety and happiness of their loved ones.
Serving as a family caregiver is a truly selfless, giving act.
Today, and every day, we salute you and thank you for your generosity.