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National Caregiver Month

National Caregiver Month
Monday, November 8, 2010

In honor of the nation’s home care professionals and volunteers, November is dedicated to the celebration of National Caregiver Month. The month-long celebration pays tribute to the dedicated home caregiver professionals and volunteers who enable elderly, disabled, and chronically ill individuals to live their lives where they want to most-in their own homes.

This celebration is our way of paying tribute to the thousands of quiet heroes that provide high quality home healthcare and hospice services across our nation to our Veterans.

“Many Veterans faced with disability or illness would prefer to remain at home rather than in a long-term, care facility,” said Dr. William Cahill, Chief of Staff, VA Northern California Health Care System. “Home caregivers and volunteers can provide the care our Veterans need as well as offer essential, personal contact in their homes, which is so critical to those experiencing poor health, a disability or need assistance due to advanced age.”

Many home caregivers must give up work hours or even leave another profession to look after a loved one.

Home caregivers specialize in providing assistance with activities of daily living such as: meal preparation, bathing, grooming, light housekeeping, companionship, assistance to medical appointments, medication reminders, exercise and activity.

National Family Caregiver Month is a time to thank, support, educate, and recognize the value of those caregivers in the home, and the very real need which these dedicated people fulfill.

Home caregivers provide love and care everyday; to give Veterans the gift of dignity and safety is more than a job – it is a calling.

In honor of all that home caregivers do to support their Veteran, Northern California HCS salutes you and is proud to be part of the nationwide recognition to honor care giving heroes who make a remarkable difference in the lives of patients and the families they serve.

 

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