Caregivers of Aging Adults Recognition Month: Nov. 1-30
November is National Home Care and Hospice Month. It’s a little known designation that we at DTN Home Care would like to publicize in honor of all our awesome healthcare professionals, as well as those family members and friends who provide care so selflessly!
First, we thought you should know that the Governor of the great state of North Dakota, Jack Dalrymple, signed an official proclamation declaring November to be: Caregivers of Aging Adults Recognition Month
Effective Date: November 1, 2014 – November 30, 2014
WHEREAS, the number of North Dakotans, 85 years of age and older, who will likely need caregiving assistance is projected to reach 42,000 in 2050; and
WHEREAS, many aging adults want to remain in their homes and communities; and
WHEREAS, providing support and services to aging adults in their homes and communities can be a less expensive alternative to nursing home care; and
WHEREAS, almost three-fourths of aging adults living in the community, receiving personal, at-home assistance, relied exclusively on unpaid caregivers; and
WHEREAS, it is estimated that 109,000 individuals in North Dakota provide care to aging relatives or friends, resulting in an estimated 71 million hours of care provided each year; and
WHEREAS, to continue to ensure that aging adults can live in their homes and communities for as long as possible, more methods to both encourage and support families to assist their aging relatives, along with ways to recruit and retain a qualified, responsive in-home care workforce, must be developed.
NOW, THEREFORE, as Governor of the State of North Dakota, I do hereby proclaim November 2014, CAREGIVERS OF AGING ADULTS RECOGNITION MONTH in the state of North Dakota.
Signed Proclamation: Caregivers of Aging Adults Recognition Month.pdf (click to see the official Proclamation with the Governor’s signature)
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has chosen four different themes for this year’s celebration to represent core home care and hospice services. For Home Health, the theme is “Home is the Center of Health Care.” The Hospice theme is: “Hospice = Love in Action.” The Private Duty theme is “Loving Care Tailored to Each Family’s Needs.” The Home Care Aide Week (November 9-15, 2014) theme is: “Caring in Action.” (From the Delphos Herald, Ohio)
A Reminder to Be Prepared
Unless we are professional caregivers, home healthcare stays off the radar for most of us, until we have a sudden need for it. Then we rush around trying to find out all we can about the options that are available to us and our loved one. November is a good month to not only remember and honor caregivers for aging adults, but to become more aware of the services that are available for ourselves and our aging family members.
The Dakota Travel Nurse Home Care Blog is a great source of information, not only about the services we offer, but about all aspects of caregiving needs. We encourage you to Follow it. A blog published on 9/16/13, reviews Gail Sheehy’s book, Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence. We recommend the book as a resource that you will refer to again and again as your loved one progresses through all the passages that require loving care and professional attention. Call us with questions or to schedule an evaluation at 701.663.5373.
We are very proud of our staff of professional, licensed caregivers and the dedicated service they give their patients. We appreciate the family members of our patients who help to make our jobs easier and “Keep Home an Option.” If you are a caregiver, Thank You! If you know a caregiver, be sure to thank them for the challenging work they do all year long, not just during the month of November.