I’m not sure how I almost missed this. But, President Obama proclaimed November as National Family Caregivers Month. The proclamation states in part:
“Across our country, more than 60 million Americans take up the selfless and unheralded work of delivering care to seniors or people with disabilities or illnesses. The role they play in our healthcare system is one we must recognize and support. During National Family Caregivers Month, we thank these tireless heroes for the long, challenging work they perform behind closed doors and without fanfare every day, and we recommit to ensuring the well-being of their loved ones and of the caregivers themselves.”
I find comfort that the President signed this proclamation recognizing the tireless work of all the wives, husbands, daughters, sons, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, neighbors and kind friends who are family caregivers. And, I find hope in this sentence toward the end of the President’s proclamation:
“This month, as we reflect on the generosity, grace, and strength of family caregivers, we renew our commitment to matching their dedication to the health and wellness of families across our country.”
May the job of family caregiver become easier, more affordable and more manageable.