Did you know that November is National Family Caregivers Month? It is a time to honor those individuals who selflessly care for family members who need them most. According to the AARP, more than 40 million Americans provide unpaid care for their injured, sick, or disabled loved ones.
A 2019 study funded by the AARP and The John A. Hartford Foundation found that half of these family caregivers are performing medical or nursing tasks for their loved ones, many of which include the difficult and emotional job of managing pain. The role of family caregiver is often thrust upon family members and can be a source of significant stress and anxiety. Family caregivers may be constantly worried about making mistakes and can feel unsure about how to provide the best care.
During National Family Caregivers Month, take some time to care for the family caregivers in your life. Being a family caregiver can sometimes feel like a thankless and all-consuming job, so taking a moment to focus on the caregiver and show appreciation will go a long way.
Additionally, it is not only important to pay tribute to these family caregivers, but we must also raise awareness about the need to provide family caregivers with support and resources so they are better equipped to take on this critical role. The AARP has collected a list of resources for caregivers to find services and support.
Consider also recommending that the family caregiver speak to an attorney about ensuring that the loved one being cared for has executed appropriate legal documents, such as a trust, a power of attorney, a living will, and an advanced healthcare directive, so that the family member’s wishes are known and can be carried out. .
Our office can help you or your loved one plan for the future through comprehensive estate planning, as well as long term care planning. Please contact our office today to schedule a time to further discuss these important issues.