An adult woman who has taken on a family caregiving role spends time with her elderly mother.

If you’ve ever felt unrecognized and underappreciated in your role as family caregiver, this month is for you! November is National Family Caregivers Month, an occasion to celebrate the tireless work and dedication you invest in making sure a loved one’s life is the best it can be.

Family Caregiving Is Not Always Easy…But You Are Making a Difference

Take the opportunity to think through what a day in the life of family caregiving involves. Your very first thoughts are never for yourself, but for the health and wellbeing of a person you love. Thanks to you, an older family member:

  • Receives the help and support needed to accomplish the daily tasks of living that may have become difficult to take care of on their own
  • Can enjoy healthy meals
  • Never has to be worried about facing the challenges of aging alone
  • Has a companion to brighten each day through conversations, outings, and fun activities
  • And much more

Family caregiving is a rewarding but challenging endeavor, and we salute you for your selfless work.

You’re in Good Company

As reported in an AARP study, unpaid family caregiving amounts to more than $600 billion in care. This mind-boggling statistic translates to 38 million family caregivers who care for a loved one an average of 18 hours per week. To put it into perspective, this far surpasses the $433 billion spent annually in out-of-pocket healthcare costs by everyone in the United States.

But You Cannot Do It All Alone

Family caregivers often feel as though there’s no one who knows the older loved one better than they do, and therefore no one can provide the same standard of care. Although the first part of this may very well be true, the truth is that trying to meet all of a loved one’s care needs independently is not healthy for either the caregiver or care receiver.

In order to provide the best care for someone you love, you must take care of yourself, too. Feeling burned out and worn down contributes to lower patience levels, less attention to detail, and increased stress and frustration—a recipe for a number of negative effects, including:

  • Sleeping problems
  • Caregiver depression as well as other serious health conditions
  • An increased risk of injury to the senior from a medication mishap, fall, or other accident
  • Self-medication through unhealthy means
  • Resentment, anger, and other complicated emotions
  • Relationship issues with other friends and family members who also need your attention and time
  • And much more

The Solution

The best way you can celebrate National Family Caregivers Month is by acknowledging the need for support to allow yourself to take time to care for yourself. Anthem Home Care’s respite care services are the ideal way to obtain a healthy life balance while ensuring the high quality care a loved one deserves.

We help family caregivers like you prioritize their own health and wellbeing without compromising the care their loved ones receive. Email or call us at 361-643-2323 for more information on our customized in-home respite care for seniors in Rockport, Sinton, Aransas Pass, and the surrounding areas.