National Family Caregivers Month – November 2020

Caregiving is a tough job. This November, we remember the people who lovingly give baths, clean houses, shop for, and comfort the millions of elderly and ill people who are friends and loved ones. November is National Family Caregivers Month and this year’s theme is “Caregiving Around the Clock.” Check out the latest helpful hints and community resources because if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else.

HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVERS MONTH

  1. Attend a caregiving conference or workshop
    Since it's National Family Caregivers Month, do something to make an impact. Check with the National Alliance for Caregiving for the details but if you can't get away to Washington, attend a workshop instead. They have lots of practical advice. The main thing is to know that you are not alone.
  2. Download a caregiving toolkit
    Download the Circle of Care Mental Health Toolkit. Sponsored by the National Alliance for Caregiving, the toolkit covers topics including taking care of yourself, getting an accurate diagnosis, communicating with health professionals, finding community services, finding providers and more. This month, the resources you need are just a click away.
  3. Take naps
    One of the healthiest things you can do for yourself is to fit naps into your weekly schedule. Round-the- clock caregiving is never easy. But when your loved one takes a break, don't do another task — you take a break too. It's important not to wear yourself down or who will take care of you?

​FIVE REASONS CAREGIVING IS SO TOUGH

  1. Where's the other half?
    ​Over half of family caregivers are women.
  2. ​Relationships may suffer
    ​One of out of every four caregivers reports diminished family relationships because of caregiving a loved one.
  3. ​No wonder you’re tired
    Most caregivers work outside the home either part- or full-time in addition to their caregiving responsibilities.
  4. ​Children do it too
    ​Over a million American young people, aged eight to 18, care for an adult relative on a daily basis.
  5. ​It's hard to do self-care
    Nearly 70 percent of caregivers report they don’t see their doctor regularly because of their responsibilities.

Read the full article here: https://nationaltoday.com/national-family-caregivers-month/