It is no coincidence that November is National Caregiving Month. In 1994, the National Family Caregivers Association began promoting the celebration of family caregivers during the week of Thanksgiving. President Clinton signed the first presidential proclamation in 1997 and every president since – Democrat and Republican alike – has issued an annual proclamation honoring family caregivers. It’s one of the things the politicians can agree upon!
At FirstLight Home Care, we are keenly aware of the vital services that not only our caregivers provide, but the offerings of more than 65 million caregivers around the USA who take care of their parents, family or friends.
Caregiving your loved one’s can be challenging. It’s often hard to balance work, your own family plus your caregiving duties. It can be extremely stressful and exhausting. On the flip side, it can be rewarding and fulfilling, enabling your loved ones to lead a safer and healthier life.
According to National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA), family caregivers provide “80% of our nation’s long-term-care services. Currently, family caregivers provide over $306 billion annually on “free caregiving services” to their loved ones.”
As the statistics show, you often don’t get paid for being a caregiver, yet it is a job that’s very demanding. It can be a thankless job no less. But never diminish the importance of your caregiving services in your loved one’s life. The peace of mind you provide bears no price tag.
As the holidays are upon us and things get even more hectic, take a minute out of your busy day to thank yourself and realize what a great job you are doing. It may not always seem so, but what you do is IMPORTANT. More important than any present under the tree.
Celebrate the holidays, but more important, celebrate yourself.