National Family Caregivers Month – celebrated each November – is a time to recognize the more than 40 million people in the United States who serve as unpaid family caregivers. Each day in homes throughout our nation, Americans with chronic or terminal illnesses, functional impairment, or disabilities receive compassionate care and support from family members and loved ones.
The National Family Caregivers Association began promoting national recognition of family caregivers in 1994. President Clinton signed the first NFC Month Presidential Proclamation in 1997 and every president since has followed suit by issuing an annual proclamation recognizing and honoring family caregivers each November.
Family caregivers are silent heroes who tend to daily care needs, manage health emergencies, juggle priorities, and suffer isolation – and all that was before COVID-19. This remembrance has never been more important than in 2020, as caregivers are forced to address overwhelming realities faced with their family members and loved ones during these uncertain and unprecedented times.
To help caregivers handle the unique challenges of caregiving in this time of crisis, the Caregiver Action Network recommends the following: