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November is National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month

Welcome to November! This month, we celebrate Election Day, Veterans Day and of course, Thanksgiving. However, one major celebration which can often goes unnoticed is National Family Caregivers Month. What began as National Family Caregivers Week in 1997 has now blossomed into a full month’s worth of recognition and appreciation for caregivers across the United States.

As President Obama stated in 2012 during the NFC Month Proclamation, “Family members, friends and neighbors devote countless hours to providing care to their relatives or loved ones. During National Family Caregivers Month, we recognize and thank the humble heroes who do so much to keep our families and communities strong.” Caregiving is a valuable position in our community which often goes unrecognized. Let’s look at what National Family Caregivers Month is and how you can celebrate it.

What is National Family Caregivers Month?
Caregiver Action Network originally established National Family Caregivers Month as a week-long celebration in 1994. Then, in 1997, President Clinton signed the first NFC Month Presidential Proclamation. Since then, every president has followed suit by issuing an annual proclamation which recognizes and honors family caregivers. The month has also taken on its full-form and grown into an immersive experience of recognizing and supporting caregivers. NFC Month encourages and enables all of us to:

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

For those of us who strive to live an altruistic lifestyle, the month of November is the perfect opportunity to consider caregiving roles in the community and the impact they have. 

Each year, Caregiver Action Network chooses a theme to recognize the month and spearhead the national celebration. This year’s theme is Supercharge Your Caregiving! From their website, Caregiver Action Network states: “Caregivers are superheroes. Managing medications. Getting to doctor appointments. Balancing work and home. How can family caregivers handle it all? Even superheroes need tools! Thankfully, new caregiving tools can help lighten the load.” The month focuses on the crucial work caregivers provide, and emphasizes how tools and individuals can come alongside caregivers to support them.

How can you celebrate National Family Caregivers Month?
So now that you know what National Family Caregivers Month is, how can you celebrate and support it in your community? First and foremost, identify what a caregiver is, because chances are you have one in your life. Loosely defined, a caregiver refers to a family member or paid helper who regularly looks after a child, or a sick, elderly or disabled person. For instance, the average family caregiver is a working mother of school-aged children. However, as parents age, many children can even become caregivers to their parents. Caregiving means tracking schedules, managing medications, helping with physical ailments and juggling multiple responsibilities during the day. The term “caregiver” can mean a lot of different things to different people, and it can present itself in various ways. The important thing is to maintain a loose definition for caregivers, in order to better recognize caregivers you might come in contact with.

This National Family Caregivers Month, the greatest thing you can do to get involved is show a caregiver how much you appreciate them. Write a caregiver a thank you note, cook them dinner or simply buy them flowers. More often than not, caregiving is a 24-hours a day, seven-days a week job. There are few—if any—breaks. Show how much caregivers mean to you by giving them a break. Take them out, show them they are appreciated and consider how you can say thank you.

Caregiving is no easy task, so National Family Caregivers Month intends to show appreciation, recognition and gratitude to the caregivers in our lives. This November, thank the caregivers you know for everything they do to make a difference for their families and communities.

Our Impact in 2017

January 1-December 31
  • CAPSA is a non-profit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area.

  • YCC Family Crisis Center is a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center provide services 24/7 to victims and their children.

  • Utah Legal Services (ULS) is a nonprofit law office incorporated in 1976 committed to making equal justice a reality by providing free legal help in non-criminal cases to low-income Utahns.

  • South Valley Services is a domestic violence service provider in West Jordan, Utah. We provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

  • Today, the YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services.

  • Established in 1990, Seekhaven assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives. Serving Grand County and Southeastern Utah, Seekhaven provides a wide range of essential services including client advocacy, emergency shelter, and transition assistance.

  • Peace House is dedicated to ending family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and safe housing.

  • New Hope Crisis Center has been serving Box Elder County for 30 years. Our mission is to provide all-inclusive, integrated, victim-centered services to stabilize and support individuals, families, and our community.

  • Founded in 1984, The Center for Women and Children in Crisis has been in continuous operation for 33 years. Our mission is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Our organization advocates for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the homeless. Serving people in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah.

  • The DOVE Center is the only area agency providing safe-shelter, crisis intervention, and prevention for clients who have been victimized by violence in their home – whether by a family member or cohabitant – that also serves victims of rape and sexual assault.

  • Founded in 1922, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that promotes safety, stability and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals, as well as victims of domestic violence, through effective, efficient legal advocacy and assistance.

  • Canyon Creek Services provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties.

  • Valley Behavioral Health is a nonprofit network of clinics providing treatment for behavioral conditions, addictions, psychiatric conditions, autism and other chronic health conditions. We treat chronic lifelong conditions as well as temporary conditions triggered by traumatic life events. Our programs are tailored to people of all ages and every social, cultural and economic situation.

  • Preserve the heritage. Enhance the wellbeing. Strengthen the future of the People.

  • Our Mission: To bring hope, justice, and healing to victims of domestic violence murder by providing holistic non-profit legal representation in the civil, probate and family courts.

  • At Amethyst Center for Healing we are dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities recover from trauma and abuse, so that we may all live peaceful, empowered lives.

  • Cycling club dedicated to ending child abuse.

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