During the month of November, as part of National Family Caregivers Month, family caregivers from around the US are being recognized for the vital role they play in supporting their loved ones. Because their time and efforts are sometimes overshadowed by the time and efforts of other members of a support network, such as doctors and physicians, nursing staff, advocates, and other paid professionals, this month is dedicated to family caregivers to celebrate all that they do.
What started as National Family Caregivers week, back in the 1990s, has now been extended to an awareness month, since 2014 under President Barak Obama. The former president wanted to raise increased awareness of the “quiet acts of selflessness and sacrifice” as caregivers “heroically give of themselves to support those in their lives affected by illness, injury, or disability.”
At WEP Clinical, we are proud to honor family caregivers during the month of November and beyond. Through our patient advocacy and outreach initiatives, we are given the chance to work directly with family caregivers in the US and abroad. We are contacted by the parents, grandparents, siblings, family friends, and community leaders of patients who have exhausted all treatment options and who need support, guidance, and treatment access. They reach out to us looking for hope, and we work tirelessly to ensure that we do all we can to help them, because we recognize the lengths they all go to, to protect the health and wellbeing of their loved ones.
As COVID-19 continues to impact communities, often creating greater barriers and hurdles for family caregivers to overcome, WEP Clinical is working harder than ever to ensure patients and their caregivers feel heard and supported. From the initial conversation surrounding the caregiver’s request to the research and outreach we do on their behalf, all the way to the delivery of essential medicines, we work around the clock to ensure their needs are met compassionately and in a timely manner.
Tips for Caregivers:
- Prioritize your health
- Take respite breaks
- Seek support from other caregivers
- Accept offers to help
- Learn how to communicate effectively with healthcare personnel
- Organize medical information
- Give yourself credit
- Family Caregivers account for more than one in five Americans
- Over half of family caregivers are women
- The number of Americans providing unpaid care has increased over the last 5 years
- Most caregivers work outside the home either part- or full-time in addition to their caregiving responsibilities
- Over a million American young people, aged 8 to 18, care for an adult relative daily
- Nearly 70 percent of caregivers report they don’t see their doctor regularly because of their responsibilities