By Stella S. Obot, Health Communications Specialist II
Growing up, I was very close to my grandmother. Not only because I was her namesake but more so because she represented someone who loved me unconditionally, told me funny stories about my father, and shared proverbs and lessons about my culture that I would never get anywhere else.
Now that she is in her eighties, I send my love from afar, visit when I can, and check in with her caregiver to ensure that my grandmother receives the type of care and love she deserves.
As of last year, 1 in 5 Americans is a caregiver. This means that they tend to the needs or concerns of a person with short- or long-term limitations due to illness, injury, or disability. Family caregivers play a significant role in health care, as they are often the main source of valuable information about the patient.
November is National Family Caregivers Month. The theme, “Caregivers Around the Clock,” illustrates the pivotal role family caregivers play, often 24 hours per day. It is a tough job physically and emotionally. This is a perfect time, right before the holidays, where sharing a message or gesture of appreciation for the caregivers in our life would be greatly appreciated.