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Family Caregiving for Seniors - SageCorner Blog

National Caregivers Day

by Deah on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 9:10 AM

Caregivers have become the foundation of long-term care worldwide. Without the tireless and thankless dedication of caregivers our health care system would truly be stretched beyond its limits.

While there are several days throughout the year that different organizations have set aside to celebrate Caregivers, the Providers Association for Home Health & Hospice Agency has set the third Friday in February- February 15, 2019- as National Caregivers Day to recognize caregivers who provide quality and compassionate care every day.

Caregiving is often a 24 hours a day / 7 days a week job. Especially if caring for a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s, a child with special needs, or as in my parent’s case, the loss of mobility. The caregiver’s role can sneak up on you so easily. You may not even be aware of it. It often comes to light when you realize it is beginning to crowd out other activities.

Often the challenges a caregiver face are numerous. According to the Caregiver Action Network the value of services that family caregivers provide for free is estimated to be $375 billion a year. Twice as much that is actually spent on home care and nursing services combined. This organization also reports that a caregiver on average spends 20 hours per week providing care – and, as a group, more than 65 million people, 29% of the US population, providing care for aged, ill or disabled family members or friends.

If you know a caregiver, take a moment on February 15 to thank them for what they do. A thank you card is a special written message that can be reread and is like giving a warm hug. Present a thoughtful gift of a gift card to a spa, a restaurant, or tickets to a movie theatre. Then offer to give them some time away from their duties by offering to stay with the loved one for a while. Offer to do some cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, or other errands. Any form of respite would be greatly appreciated.

“It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.”— Mother Theresa

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Lori Paterno, M.Ed. Has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling From Penn State University.  She has over 20 years professional experience in Human Services, Counseling, and Education.

Lori Paterno, M.Ed. Has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling From Penn State University.  She has over 20 years professional experience in Human Services, Counseling, and Education. 
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