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National Family Caregivers Month

wellcare home careNovember is the month to take time to recognize and give praise and support to the 78 million people who dedicate their time, often unpaid, caring for a family member in need.

Particularly as we approach the festive season when focus is placed on family and quality time, it is essential that we show our appreciation for those who work tirelessly to provide care; whether it be financial, medical, domestic or emotional support.  We must never underestimate the strength that caregivers have for providing this support to those people who need it the most, nor the toll that it can take both emotionally and physically upon them.

Families are the primary source of support for older adults and people with disabilities. Many caregivers work and also provide care, experiencing conflicts between competing responsibilities. Research indicates caregiving also takes a significant emotional, physical, and financial toll. With nearly half of all caregivers over age 50, many are vulnerable to a decline in their own health. Studies show that coordinated support services can reduce caregiver depression, anxiety, and stress, and enable them to provide care longer.

Donald Trump says, “Family caregivers provide a vital lifeline of connection and hope to loved ones during challenging and uncertain days.  These caregivers, who devote immeasurable time, energy, resources, and heart, need our understanding, support, gratitude, and encouragement.  Throughout this month, let us remember these men and women who spend their days caring for others, and let us pray that they are sustained by grace and strength as they carry on this important work”


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