-November marks National Family Caregivers Month-
CLEARWATER, Fla. (November 19, 20112) – Day in and day out, more than 65 million caregivers in this country fulfill a vital role in the care of their loved ones. No one else is in a better position to ensurecontinuity of care. Family caregivers are the most familiar with their carerecipients’ medicine regimen; they are the most knowledgeable about the treatment regimen; and they understand best dietary and exercise regimen.
In 1994, the National Family Caregivers Association began promoting the celebration of family caregivers during the week of Thanksgiving. Since President Clinton,every president has issued an annual proclamation appreciating family caregivers. As interest grew in family caregiving issues, National Family Caregivers Week became National Family Caregivers Month.
Neighborly Care Network celebrates the family caregiver daily by providing a much-needed respite from the demands of constant care. Neighborly has 46 years of experience providing care to central Florida’s senior citizens. With a wide variety of services ranging from Adult Day Services to at home Meals on Wheels delivery, Neighborly is able to keep senior citizens independent and activewhile allowing caregivers the chance to remain employed.
“My wife of 62 plus years has been going to Neighborly Care Network (Largo) for servealyears. Her time spent there gives me an opportunity to get on with the other things in life but still do some of the menial tasks that a caregiver must do at home,” states Clarence Faucett of Largo, Florida.
He adds, “If it were not for Neighborly and the Older Americans Act, I would have to spend more money to bring someone into our home to care for her; I would find that difficult and mush less desirable for my wife and myself. Support groups made up of other Neighborly caregivers provide a respite as well.”
Celebrating Family Caregivers during National Family Caregivers Month enables Neighborly Care Network to raise awareness of family caregiver issues, celebrate the efforts of family caregivers, educate family caregivers about self-identification, and increase support for family caregivers.
Compassionate, caring volunteers are always needed to deliver nutritious meals to homebound seniors in Pinellas County. Volunteering for the Neighborly Meals on Wheelsprogram gives volunteers a chance to support family caregivers and also provide comfort to those seniors who do not have anyone to care for them. Please call 727-573-9444 to start helping your community today.
For more information on National Family Caregivers Month, visit the National Family Caregivers Association website at www.nfcacares.org. For more information or to sign up for any of the senior services Neighborly Care Network provides, call 727-573-9444 or visit the website at www.neighborly.org
Neighborly Care Network at-a-glance:
Since 1966, Neighborly Care Network has provided home- and community-based services to the elderly in Pinellas County so they may liveindependently in their own homes. A pioneer in eldercare services, Neighborly started the first federally funded Meals on Wheels program in the nation. Neighborly’s other life-sustaining programs include Nutrition Services, Transportation Services and the nationally innovative Neighborly Pharmacy. Shoppe Around the Corner offers unique gift and home decor items, with the proceeds benefiting Meals on Wheels. Neighborly also offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. For further information, call 727-573-9444 or visit www.Neighborly.org