You help a family member or a friend who’s on a health journey. You’re a caregiver. And for that, all of November is dedicated to you.
If National Caregivers Month is something you never asked for, or it seems like a bit too much of a tribute, it’s not — not by a long shot.
You Deserve More Than a Month
There are over 65 million of you out there. You’re “boots on the ground” every day, mowing lawns, shopping for groceries, unsnarling paperwork, making meals, managing finances, refilling prescriptions, massaging feet and more. Sometimes just talking, just listening, just dropping by.
You don’t ask for anything in return, not even gas money. But the value of all that informal, unpaid care has been estimated at an annual $450 billion. That’s more than WalMart sells in a year, more than Medicaid spends, more than the entire cost of paid in-home and nursing home care in America. (Sources: FCA, AARP. 2011 figures)
What Really Amazes us About You
Caregivers like you spend an average of 21 hours a week taking care of someone – often along with your own 40-hour job, family, and personal to-do list.
You can admit it – it’s tough sometimes. There are lots of things you’d rather be doing, but instead you choose to step up for someone you love. All of us at CaringBridge think that’s awesome. In fact, we’re thinking about you right now, and we’ve come to the conclusion that November should have 60 days, at least.
Our Question is, Why do You do What you Do
What drives you? What’s your motivation? What’s inside you?
Only you really know, so we want your opinion on the topic, “What makes a good caregiver?”
Please share your insights, caregiver tips and caregiver advice with us – and with all the other people like you. We’d love to hear what makes you tick and what ideas you have that might help other caregivers.
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Sona Mehring is the founder of CaringBridge, the nonprofit organization created in 1997 so people experiencing a health journey can rally their community during a time of need. People invite close family and friends to read about their journey through their own personal CaringBridge website. In return, family and friends can show their love and support by posting encouraging messages. Follow Sona on Twitter – <a href=”https://twitter.com/gogosona”>@gogosona</a>.