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November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country and provide resources for supports in their communities. More than 170,000 caregivers in New Hampshire are caring for older parents, spouses or other loves ones, helping them to live independently at home.

November is Family Caregivers Month

This year’s national theme, #BeCareCurious Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol, reminds family caregivers to ask questions, explore options, and share in the care decisions that affect the health and well-being of their loved ones. Discussing treatment goals and options, doing research, assisting with care plans and insurance coverage can help them get the best care possible.

The Caregiver Action Network offers these ten tips for family caregivers:

  1. Seek support from other caregivers. You are not alone!
  2. Take care of your own health so that you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one.
  3. Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help you.
  4. Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors.
  5. Caregiving is hard work, so take respite breaks often.
  6. Watch out for signs of depression - and don't delay getting professional help when you need it.
  7. Be open to new technologies that can help you care for your loved one.
  8. Organize medical information so it's up-to-date and easy to find.
  9. Make sure legal documents are in order.
  10. Give yourself credit for doing the best you can in one of the toughest jobs there is!

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