Sometimes I Feel Like a Piece of Bologna

Saturday, November 11, 2006

November is National Family Caregivers’ Month

Family caregiving is the bedrock on which our loved ones and our health care system depends. The services these family caregivers provide represent 80 percent of all home care services and are conservatively valued at $257 billion a year--more than twice the amount spent on paid home care and nursing home services combined.

Caregivers, who may be anyone meeting the needs of a loved one with a chronic illness, provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or intermittent basis.

An article from the Lafayette County (WI) Health Department suggests ways to honor and help these loving servants. Take a few minutes and thank a family caregiver today—and then do something to give them a break.

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