This month — November — is National Family Caregivers Month.
If you’ve been in any way assisting another adult with managing health concerns or life tasks, you qualify as one of the estimated 40 million family caregivers in the US.
Such help often starts out with small things, such as helping an older relative get to appointments or assisting with grocery shopping.
But it’s also fairly common for families to end up providing quite a lot of care. A 2015 report found that on average, family caregivers provided 24.4 hours of assistance per week, and 23% of caregivers were clocking 41 hours or more.
Many people find themselves eventually struggling with the caregiving. Most of us haven’t prepared or been trained to do this, and many people are unsure of where to get information, help, or support.
So in this article, I’ll share some of my favorite resources to make family caregiving a little easier. [Read more…]