November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to celebrate the caregivers that devote themselves to caring for others who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. Caregivers are some of the most selfless, compassionate, and loving people, and we are so grateful to the millions of caregivers in the United States for their dedication to disabled individuals.
During this month, caregiving professionals focus on the challenges that they face and think about ways to meet and overcome them. Family caregivers give constant care through their services, including emotional, financial, nursing, homemaking, and more on a full- or part-time basis. There are ways to celebrate National Family Caregivers Month, from offering your own time to assist a caregiver or encouraging a local business to provide discount or free services for caregivers and the people they care for.
There are nearly 90 million family caregivers in the United States today. Two out of every five adults are caregivers to family members with disabilities, including the elderly, children, and wounded veterans. Together, caregivers provide billions of unpaid care every year. Family caregivers are cherished members of our communities, so this November let’s give to them and support their invaluable work.