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November Provides Opportunity to Recognize Millions Who Care for Loved Ones

October 30, 2017

November is National Family Caregivers Month and provides an opportunity to recognize the more than 90 million Americans who are family caregivers for their loved ones; a large number of them providing care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The theme of the recognition month, “Caregiving Around The Clock,” seeks to recognize the challenges family caregivers may face providing care for loved ones, including stress, poor health, and burnout. The Caregiver Action Network, sponsor of National Family Caregivers month, offers caregivers with resources and tips to help:

  • Balance caregiving and work
  • Manage medications for a loved one
  • Balance family time and meal time
  • Take time for yourself

Recognizing and honoring family caregivers across Pennsylvania enables all of us to:

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

Research shows that when patients and families are involved in patient care, there are less emergency department visits, fewer readmissions, greater compliance in the treatment plan, and lower health care costs. HAP, through its Person and Family Engagement Advisory Council and Hospital Improvement Innovation Network, works with Pennsylvania hospitals—along with caregivers, patients and families, and community members—to ensure that patients and caregivers are included as vital parts of the health care team.

For more information about National Family Caregivers Month and other patient- and family-centered care efforts, contact HAP’s Janette Bisbee or Mary Marshall.

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