November is National Family Caregivers Month. This is a time to celebrate the contribution of those volunteer friends and family members who support a loved one with their health or managing a disability. We’re thankful for the contributions of the more than 44 million Americans who care for a family member, friend, or neighbor. Join us as we celebrate the contribution of caregivers and find better ways to support them as they care.
National & International Caregiving Initiatives
The National Alliance for Caregiving is pleased to join national and international caregiving organizations in Embracing Carers, global movement that recognizes the pivotal role of caregivers in the healthcare ecosystem. Learn more by clicking on this video.
Caregiver Action Network (CAN) leads National Family Caregivers Month each year, working with the Administration for Community Living and the Presidential administration to recognize the contributions that caregivers make to American society. This year, the theme for National Family Caregivers Month is “Caregiving Around the Clock.” Learn more about the month and activities to celebrate here. By way of background, CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease. CAN is a non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge.
The Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) is the oldest national family caregiving non-profit in the United States to advocate and support for caregivers. FCA provides services, education programs, and resources for family caregivers and offers support, tailored information, and tools to manage the complex demands of caregiving, including the FCA CareJourney tool, the Family Care Navigator to find services state-by-state, policy and research resources in the National Center on Caregiving (NCC), and the Bay Area Caregiver Resource Center for caregivers in the San Francisco Bay Area. This month through March 2018, FCA is celebrating its 40th anniversary and its work to strengthen advocacy for, and support the needs of, family caregivers. You can learn more on the FCA Blog.
The mission of the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center is to assist and promote the development of quality respite and crisis care programs; to help families locate respite and crisis care services in their communities; and to serve as a strong voice for respite in all forums. The ARCH National Respite Network includes the National Respite Locator, a service to help caregivers and professionals locate respite services in their community, the National Respite Coalition, a service that advocates for preserving and promoting respite in policy and programs at the national, state, and local levels, and the Lifespan Respite Technical Assistance Center which is funded by the Administration for Community Living in the US Department of Health and Human Services.
An Online Toolkit to Help Practicioners
Assess the Needs of Family Caregivers
Now more than ever, involving family caregivers is a necessary part of working with older people and adults with disabilities in all practice settings. As our population ages, more people with chronic and disabling conditions are choosing to live at home or in the community, launching their family members and close friends into action as caregivers.
The toolkit is broken up into sections . . .
- Section 1 - Getting Started
- Section 2 - Vital & Vulnerable: Family Caregivers
- Section 3 - The Nuts & Bolts of Caregiver Assessment
- Section 4 - Next Steps
If you prefer reading offline on your computer (or printing out a copy of the Toolkit to read later), you can download the entire Toolkit here.