The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center hosted its National Family Caregivers celebration November 30.
November is National Family Caregiver's Month (NFC month) honoring more than 50 million family caregivers in the United States. These families are recognized for providing care to family, friends, neighbors and loved ones.
NFC month began as a celebration of family caregivers during the week of Thanksgiving in 1997 and has grown into a month-long acknowledgement and celebration of family caregivers. Family caregivers provide more long-term care in this country than any other group.
Caregivers participated in a relaxing yoga session at the VAMC and door prizes were given out during the celebration.
Family caregivers’ roles vary greatly, ranging from transportation, meal preparation and housekeeping to more complex help, such as medication management, wound care, and financial planning. Supporting family caregivers is essential.