Thanksgiving is a daylong event, but honoring our nation's family caregivers is worth celebrating for an entire month.
Here in Chelsea, Michigan, we recognize the efforts our caregiver teams make for family members in need. In the past, we have cared for loved ones in our own families, and understand how enormous a responsibility this can be. "Arms Around Family Caregivers" is an excellent way for all of us to show our appreciation and support for those who provide companionship and personal care services for our clients.
At Synergy HomeCare, we see firsthand the impact of family caregivers, and are providing them with the education and emotional support they need. During the month of November, you can register for our Life Time Learning program. You can also share the story of the family caregiver in your life by submitting it to the Synergy HomeCare blog.
Facts about Family Caregivers
The president of the United States has proclaimed November to be National Family Caregivers Month annually since 1997. In his 2010 proclamation, President Barack Obama said, "We honor the millions of Americans who give endlessly of themselves to provide for the health and well-being of a beloved family member. Through their countless hours of service to their families and communities, they are a shining example of our Nation's great capacity to care for each other."
Fifty-nine percent of the population is or expects to be a caregiver, according to the US Census Bureau. We see firsthand the positive impact of family caregivers, and are providing them with the education and emotional support they need.
During the month of November, you can register for our Life Time Learning program. You can also share the story of the family caregiver in your life. If you have a caregiver story you would like to share, submit it to the Synergy HomeCare blog.
Caregivers provide 80 percent of all long-term care in America, according to the Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation, and these services are estimated at $375 billion annually.
A 2009 survey found that 65.7 million people, about one-third of the adult population, serve as unpaid caregivers to a family member or friend. Thirty-one percent of households have a caregiver, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC). Family and friends provide most long-term care; only 11 percent of care recipients live in a nursing home or assisted living facility.
The majority of caregivers are women, and the average age is between 18 and 49. A survey by the NAC and AARP found that caregivers provide help with transportation, grocery shopping, cooking, managing finances, and helping with medication.
Caregivers have truly earned our thanks for making such enormous contributions. So during this month be sure to show your appreciation for our nation's caregivers.