The month of November is dedicated to family caregivers. It is a time to celebrate and honour family caregivers who don’t always get the recognition they deserve for doing a  tough and sometimes thankless job.

What defines a family caregiver?

A family caregiver is someone who takes care of another. It could be due to short or long term illness, injury or disability or indeed through choice. It is usually unpaid, with most family caregivers holding down a paid job at the same time.

Family caregivers perform a multitude of healthcare and household tasks.  The Covid 19 pandemic naturally increased demand for family caregivers, as the cared-for required more support to live at home during this time. Social distancing meant those in care were more isolated than ever, so family caregivers have had to add emotional support to their already long list of tasks.

How can we show gratitude to family caregivers this November?

A listening ear is the best type of support. Provide an open space where they can share their feelings, free of judgement. Creating a relaxing and calming environment for them to unwind will offer family caregivers the therapy and respite they need.  It is vital that family caregivers take care of themselves too!

Thank you to all the family caregivers who have been and continue to put others before themselves ensuring they can live their lives independently at home, where they want to be. 

If you are a family caregiver or know someone who is a family caregiver who may benefit from further help, here are some useful links: 

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/care/helping-a-loved-one/

https://agis.com/Eldercare-Basics/Staying-at-Home/Caregiving-Services/Family-caregiver-support/index.html

https://www.caregiversupportservices.com/about-us/

National Caregivers Month 2021

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