November is National Family Caregivers Month – “Caregiving Around The Clock”

November is National Family Caregivers Month

Family Caregivers are often unsung heroes, not always recognizing that they are a caregiver. Instead, they are just ‘doing their job.’ This year, the theme for National Family Caregivers Month is “Caregiving Around The Clock.” Caregiving can be anything from mowing the lawn to carrying out chores, taking your family member back and forth to hospital appointments, cooking meals, bathing and dressing your loved one. Often, family caregivers are responsible for extra responsibilities alongside running managing their households and maintaining a career or are in fact elderly themselves. Many caregivers experience a range of emotions including guilt, anger, despair, sadness, and fear. Obligation can weigh heavy, especially if your family member requires a considerable amount of care. This month is time to recognize and honor all family caregivers that you know.

The theme for National Family Caregivers Month November 2017 is “Caregiving Around the Clock.”

Caregiving can be a 24-hours a day/7-days a week job. Caring for a senior with Alzheimer’s or a child with special needs can be non-stop. Providing care around the clock can crowd out other important areas of life. And you never know when you will need to rush to the hospital or leave work at the drop of a hat. What challenges do family caregivers face, and how do they manage them day and night?

Morning: Getting off to work. The average family caregiver is a working mother of school-aged children. Mornings become a tricky balancing act of getting the kids ready for school, making sure your loved one has what they need for the day before getting yourself out the door for work.

All Day Long: Managing medications. Up to 70% of the time, the family caregiver – not the patient –manages the medications. The more serious the condition, the more likely it is that the family caregiver manages the medications for the patient. This means ensuring your loved one is taking their medication correctly and maintaining an up-to-date medication list.

During the Workday: Juggling caregiving and work. Six out of 10 family caregivers work full- or part-time in addition to juggling their caregiving responsibilities at home. And most of them say they have to cut back on working hours, take a leave of absence, or quit their job entirely.

Evening: Family time and meal time. Ensuring that you get proper nutrition will help you maintain strength, energy, stamina, and a positive attitude. Nutrition is as essential for you as the caregiver as it for your loved one. Caregiving affects the whole family.

Late at Night: Taking time for yourself. Late at night might be the only time you get a few minutes for yourself. Make sure you take time to rest and recharge. The chance to take a breather and re-energize is vital for you to be as good a caregiver tomorrow as you were today.

The Middle of the Night: Emergency room visits. Have you ever had to take your loved one to the emergency room in the middle of the night? Be prepared ahead of time with what you need to know and what you need to have with you.

During National Family Caregivers Month, we recognize the challenges family caregivers face when their loved ones need.  Information provided by The Caregivers Action Network. • • 202.454.3970

Resources for Family Caregivers

These national organizations maintain web pages that offer rich resources that are highly useful for both family caregivers and professionals who work with them:

  • Arch National Respite Network and Resource Center
    Free fact sheets about aging, child care federal legislation, children with special needs, developmental disabilities and other topics.
  • Caregiver Action Network
    Family caregiver organization working to improve the lives of those with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease or the elderly.
  • Family Caregiver Alliance
    Supports family members caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions.
  • Family Caregiving 101
    Training webinar defines caregiving and challenges caregivers face: stress, self-care, guilt, loss and their need for support. From the National Center on Caregiving and the Family Caregiver Alliance.
  • Family Care Resource Clearinghouse
    Reviews and ratings of hundreds of books, videos, websites, magazines, fact sheets and other resources addressing the range of issues and questions faced by family caregivers. From the AXA Foundation and National Alliance for Caregiving.
  • National Alliance for Caregiving
    Works to advance family caregiving through research, innovation, and advocacy.
  • National Caregivers Library
    Free tools for caregivers and employers include driving assessment; caregiving needs assessment, home safety tip sheet, net worth calculation worksheet and other resources.
  • Caregiving Resource Center
    AARP provides a wide range of planning tools and resources for caregivers

Caregiving Around the Clock NFC Month 2017


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