From hospitals to clinics to dinner tables, Americans across the country will show their appreciation for the caregivers in their lives this November as part of National Family Caregivers Month.
The month-long observance, organized by the Caregiver Action Network, spotlights the contributions and sacrifices made by caregivers of all backgrounds to their families and ailing loved ones. First observed as National Family Caregivers Week in November 1994, the celebration has since grown into a full month.
The organization estimates that more than 65 million Americans provide some kind of medical care for a loved one or family member, with numbers growing each year. According to the Caregiver Action Network, family caregivers provide an estimated $375 billion of uncompensated care for loved ones each year.
CaringBridge believes family caregivers of all types need to be celebrated every day of the year. Whether they’re taking care of a child, spouse, parent or friend, caregivers need to feel loved and supported. CaringBridge asks supporters to show their love for the caregiver in their life by adding the hashtag #IHeartACaregiver to their profile picture via Twibbon by click on this link http://caringb.org/st. Then, give that person a shout out or post a photo with them to social media.
“Caregivers are at the heart of the healing process,” says Sona Mehring, founder and CEO of CaringBridge. “Having someone by your side through a difficult time sends a powerful message of love and support, which is why recognizing caregivers is so important.”
“As we move through November, show someone who’s giving care love and support – and lend a hand,” Mehring says. “You’ll make a world of difference for someone who’s giving their all.”
CaringBridge is a nonprofit organization created so people experiencing a health journey can rally their community during a time of need through the use of personal websites. Our mission is to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier. Founded in 1997 by Sona Mehring, CaringBridge is cost- and ad-free due to the generosity of donors. More than half a million CaringBridge websites have been created. Combined, they’ve received nearly two billion visits. For more information, visit www.CaringBridge.org.
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