National Family Caregivers Month
November is National Family Caregivers Month, but there’s really never a bad time to celebrate those who bravely take on the incredible responsibility for caring for someone who has suffered a catastrophic injury or a devastating illness. This is a time to not only raise awareness of the people who care for others, but also to make sure they get the support they need and to ensure they know their rights.
National Family Caregivers Month began in 1994, and President Clinton signed the first Presidential Proclamation recognizing the observation in 1997.
The estimated number of people who provide care to the elderly and those with disabilities is staggering — approximately 65 million. And since people are living longer thanks to advances in medications and medical technology, that number continues to grow. With this growing number comes a growing number of concerns about the issues that face caregivers.
For example, how do we care for the caregivers? These people are under an incredible amount of stress, averaging about 20 hours a week helping their suffering loved ones. This can lead to a great deal of financial trouble as well as health problems such as depression, extreme fatigue and even physical pain.
Tips for Caregivers
To provide the best care possible to a loved one, you have to take care of yourself. These are just a few tips that can help make your situation more manageable:
- Don’t be afraid to seek support from others or to accept help from friends or family.
- Communicate with your loved one’s doctors as effectively as possible. This means asking detailed questions and taking down notes. Bring someone with you to doctor’s appointments if necessary to make sure nothing falls through the cracks.
- Take breaks as often as possible.
- If you find yourself showing the signs of depression, get help as soon as you can.
- Look for technologies that could make caring for your loved one easier.
- Keep all legal documents in order as well as all medical information that pertains to your loved one’s condition or disability.
- Most importantly, don’t ever forget to give yourself credit. After all, you are performing one of the toughest jobs around.
Know Your Rights
If your loved one became disabled or ill due to the negligence of another, you need to speak to an attorney as quickly as you can. You may be able to obtain compensation that can take care of the costs associated with being a caregiver. For example, if your loved one was injured due to medical malpractice or an accident, we can help you pursue legal action against the parties that were at fault.
Talk to an attorney with Irpino, Avin & Hawkins Law Firm today by contacting us online or calling 1-800-7500-LAW to learn more. We will let you know your potential legal options, and we may be able to help you take action against those responsible for your loved one’s suffering. Get in touch with us to schedule a confidential consultation.