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National Family Caregivers Month Celebrates Those Who Give to Others

November 03, 2020

Family caregivers provide a vital lifeline of connection and hope to loved ones during challenging and unpredictable days. National Family Caregivers Month (NFCM) is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers around the country, and is spearheaded by the Caregiver Action Network (CAN), a nonprofit organization that provides free education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers.

CAN announced the 2020 theme, #CaregivingInCrisis, highlighting new realities that family caregivers and their loved ones face during these uncertain times. Family caregivers manage health emergencies, juggle priorities, and suffer isolation—and all of that was before the additional challenges of COVID-19. The pandemic brings even more considerations as family caregivers strive to protect vulnerable loved ones from coronavirus exposure which could prove deadly.

These caregivers, who devote immeasurable time, energy, and resources, are celebrated as selfless individuals who consistently dedicate themselves to providing ailing and aging loved ones with the care and support they need to live in their own homes and communities.

Celebrating family caregivers enables all of us to:

  • Raise awareness of family caregiver issues
  • Celebrate the efforts of family caregivers
  • Educate family caregiver about self-identification
  • Increase support for family caregivers

During NFCM, caregivers are reminded to maintain their own physical and mental health, to manage stress, depression, and anxiety, and to care for themselves.

HAP, through the Person and Family Advisory Council (PFAC), has been working with hospitals to ensure that patient and family caregivers are included as a vital part of the health care team. Research shows that, when patients and families are involved in patient care, there are less emergency department visits, fewer readmissions, greater compliance in the treatment plan, and health care costs are lowered.

For more information about National Family Caregivers Month, and other patient-and-family-centered care efforts, contact HAP’s Janette Bisbee, project manager, pressure injury.