November 13, 2022
Every November, Americans take time to recognize the people who provide loving care and medical assistance to those who cannot look after themselves. For this reason, the month has been named National Family Caregivers Month. During November, the nation thanks those who care for parents, grandparents, siblings and children, often putting the needs of those individuals above their own. At AHEPA Senior Living, we want to thank our employees for their dedication to making a lasting impact in the lives of our residents and their families/caregivers.
The celebratory month began in 1997 when President Clinton signed the first National Family Caregivers Month proclamation. Over the last 25 years, every president has celebrated the month with a proclamation honoring and recognizing the selfless acts of caregivers.
In his annual proclamation on National Family Caregivers Month, President Joe Biden stated, “the truth is, at some point in our lives, each of us will likely need to be a family caregiver — but the burden falls especially hard on those who cannot afford support.”
A National Issue
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released a national strategy that provided insight into some effects of at-home family caregiving, and offered actions that federal agencies could take to improve care. It found that every year, approximately 53 million people provide some level of care to someone close to them, with more than two-thirds of the population needing assistance with tasks as they age.
Additionally, although these home caregivers find the job rewarding, they typically report symptoms of chronic stress because of their duties. Finally, it is estimated that many home caregivers spend an average of $7,200 annually on out-of-pocket expenses. With increased levels of stress and lost income associated with caregiving, many family caregivers might wonder if there is a better way.
That’s where we can help.
Let AHEPA Senior Living Help
Founded on the principles of Hellenic ideals, we at AHEPA Senior Living find joy in caring for those who may not be able to do so themselves. We see it as our civic responsibility to provide affordable assisted living to older adults in Elkhart, Indianapolis, Mishawaka and New Albany, Indiana. With our staff’s care we provide a residential alternative to a nursing home for those struggling to live at home alone. We also provide U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Section 202 compliant independent living facilities with communities in 19 states.
Our staff is trained to deal with the challenges that come with caregiving and for more than 40 years, we have been there to lend a helping hand. During the month, we salute all caregivers, especially family caregivers. We also want to thank the families who entrust us and all of our outstanding caregivers with the care of their loved ones. Without their trust and support, we wouldn’t be who we are today.