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Caregivers are often seen as the superheroes of their families, but even superheroes need tools. National Family Caregivers Month is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country and provide resources for supports in their communities. In New Hampshire alone, there are 170,000 Granite Staters caring for older parents, spouses or other loved ones, helping them to live independently at home.

November is National Family Caregivers Month

Celebrating Family Caregivers during NFC month enables all of us to:

  • Raise awareness of family caregiver issues
  • Celebrate the efforts of family caregivers
  • Educate family caregivers about self-identification
  • Increase support for family caregivers

Since 1994, the Caregiver Action Network has promoted national recognition of family caregivers. This year’s theme is Super Charge your Caregiving. More information about the theme and all things caregiver, please visit caregiveraction.org.

Please join the Division of Long Term Supports and Services (LTSS) in honoring Granite State Caregivers.

10 Things you can do for a Family Caregiver

  1. Ask the caregiver what you can do.
  2. Visit with the care-receiver so the caregiver can get some uninterrupted sleep.
  3. Tend to the caregivers yard, shovel snow, rake leaves, etc.
  4. Cook an extra main dish when you are making dinner for your own family.
  5. Start an area volunteer respite program.
  6. Get a list of area caregiver support groups and pass them along to the caregiver and offer to stay with the care-receiver.
  7. Establish a daily/weekly phone ritual with the caregiver as a safety check.
  8. Allow/encourage the caregiver to rant.
  9. Arrange pizza or other food delivery for the caregiver and receiver.
  10. Observe the caregiver and come up with one simple thing that will make his/her life easier.

(Adopted from 101 Things You Can Do for a Family Caregiver compiled by Mary Frances De Rose and VESTA Project Caregivers)

On November 14, the 12th Annual Statewide Caregiver’s Conference Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol will take place at the Courtyard Marriott in Concord. For more details and to register, please visit www.coalitionofcaring.org.

 
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