According to the Caregiver Action Network, the theme for 2013 National Family Caregivers Month is “Family Caregivers - Now More Than Ever”
There is a growing need for family caregivers in this county as parents and grandparents age, people living with disabilities need constant care. Chronic disease affects the independence of those we know and love. November is National Family Caregivers Month and it’s a great time to thank the people you know who are family caregivers.
According to the Caregiver Action Network (CAN) website:
- 39% of all adult Americans are caring for a loved one who is sick or disabled– up from 30% in 2010.
- More than 15 million family caregivers are providing care to more than 5 million loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease.
- As many as 1 million Americans are caring in their homes for service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who are suffering from traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, or other wounds and illnesses.
- Almost half of family caregivers perform complex medical/nursing tasks for their loved ones – such as managing multiple medications, providing wound care, and operating specialized medical equipment.
Without family caregivers, people in need would be left in the hands of government programs, taken from their homes to receive care and often isolated from the people they know. CAN research concludes that family caregivers provide $450 billion worth of unpaid care each year. This means that family caregivers provide more than total Medicaid funding, and twice as much as homecare and nursing home services combined.
With the number of family caregivers growing every year ACHD would like to take this time to thank those who selflessly care for their loved ones and recognize the pivotal role they play to not only their families, but the nation as well.