National Family Caregivers Month
Take Care to Give Care
Each year, an army of volunteers works across the country to shine a light on the efforts of family caregivers. Many of CAN’s volunteers secure proclamations from their governor, mayor, representative, senator and others, recognizing and appreciating family caregivers.
Every time an elected official issues a proclamation in support of National Family Caregivers Month, CAN will send a letter to the appropriate congressional delegation, recognizing both the volunteer and the elected official responsible for the proclamation. This will amplify their voices and keep the work of family caregivers in the spotlight.
You can join the effort: Reach out to your elected officials. Use the sample proclamation below to get started. Be sure to send CAN a copy of your proclamation once it’s official and we will take it from there. Together, our voices will ensure that the work of family caregivers is appreciated.
WHEREAS, the first rule of taking care of others is “Take care of yourself first.” Caregiving can be a rewarding experience, but it is also physically and emotionally demanding. The stress of dealing with caregiving responsibilities leads to a higher risk of health issues among the Nation’s 90 million family caregivers; and
WHEREAS, the stress of caregiving influences physical health. One out of five caregivers surveyed agreed they have sacrificed their own physical health while caring for a loved one. This incidence is even higher in “high burden of care” roles; and
WHEREAS, nutritious eating helps promote good health. Ensuring proper nutrition is key to helping caregivers maintain their strength, energy and stamina, as well as support their immune systems. Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the most powerful things caregivers can do to take care of themselves; and
WHEREAS, poor nutrition is a problem for many older adults. Up to half of all older adults (caregivers as well as patients) are at risk for malnutrition. Many times this risk goes undetected, leading to loss of muscle strength, health complications, longer hospital stays, and increased re-admissions. Recognizing nutrition as a vital sign of older adult health and including malnutrition screening and intervention in healthcare quality initiatives can help improve recovery from illness and hospitalization, which benefits everyone in the family; and
WHEREAS, the recognition of families as valued caregivers is growing every year in our country, it is even more important to encourage them to take care of themselves and their own nutrition as well as the nutrition of their loved ones so they can continue to give the heartfelt care on which their loved ones depend; and
WHEREAS, family caregivers have the best interests of their loved ones at heart. A family caregiver must remember to pay attention to their own physical and mental wellness, and get proper rest and nutrition. Only by taking care of yourself can you be strong enough to take care of your loved one. You really do need to “take care to give care!”
Now, therefore, be it resolved, that the Mayor/Governor of City/State, does hereby recognize November 2016 as National Family Caregivers Month with the theme “Take Care to Give Care” in the City/State.