Caregivers provide care for chronically ill, disabled, or an elderly family member or friend. Most often, they spend 20 or more hours every week caring for loved ones. These devoted women and men comprise an estimated 29% or 65 million Americans.
With the month of November comes National Caregivers Month, which serves as a reminder that caregivers deserve to be celebrated for their love and sacrifice. They ensure that aging adults have emotional and physical support, access to health care and the opportunity to remain in their homes when they can no longer completely care for themselves.
When a situation becomes overwhelming, professional caregivers step in to provide needed support. Professional caregivers go by many names – Geriatric Care Manager, Elder Care Manager, or Care Manager (CMC). They represent a growing trend to help full time, employed family caregivers provide care for loved ones living close by or living far away. Care managers are also particularly useful in helping caregivers at home find the right services and cope with their burden. Care manager services can also greatly reduce family and caregiver stress and help eliminate family disputes and disagreements.
If you’re a family caregiver and need additional help, find a CMC in your area by visiting the National Association of Geriatric Care Managers.
Did You Know?
The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, signed into law on May 5, allows Veterans Affairs to provide unprecedented benefits to family caregivers of Veterans. During November, family caregivers and VA employees will participate in events at VA medical centers, including resource fairs, special education and wellness programs. All events are VA’s way to thank and honor those who make life better for Veterans and other Americans.
Click here to find out more from the Department of Veterans Affairs.