Did you know that November is National Family Caregivers Month? I think that is a brilliant thing since we typically think to give thanks during this month and we often forget to thank the people who do the most for us. Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from One2One Network. All opinions are my own.
National Family Caregivers Month
I’ll be honest here, I didn’t initially think of myself as a caregiver until someone called me one at a blog conference. You see, my dad was in bad health for many, many years. I was young, but I helped when and how I could. I would help dad take his medications or get him something to drink. I even helped him find things he couldn’t see. However, I didn’t really think I was “taking care of him”. I always thought that the definition of a caregiver was for someone who lived with an older person for the sole purpose of taking care of them. Then, I learned that my definition was a bit off.
A caregiver is someone who helps another person in a way beyond just being helpful. This can include helping them keep their finances in order, taking care of appointments, feeding them, and taking them to the doctor. Under this broader idea, I can see why someone would have called me (and my mom) caregivers. We did have to help dad (even more so in his last years).
I don’t think I deserve to be thanked for taking care of my dad. I actually wish I could have done more to help him when he was alive. Although, I think my mom deserves more thanks than she is given (she still currently helps her mom). It’s because of people like mom that I’m happy that National Family Caregivers Month exists. It causes us to pause and give thanks to those individuals who make sacrifices in order to help someone they love. In fact, you can participate in the Thanks Project going on right now to thank a selfless caregiver you know.
Additionally, National Family Caregivers Month is a great time to direct those people to AAPR Caregiver’s Assistance page for them to receive the support they need. Also, AARP has a Pinterest board just for caregivers.
So, who do you plan to thank during National Family Caregivers Month?