National Caregiver Month: Give Them A Thank You And A Break

By Laurie and Chris Kemp, CSAs

<a href=" click this.jpg” class=”gallery_colorbox”>November is National Caregivers Month Twin Cities MNNovember is National Caregiver Month. There are more than 40 million family caregivers in the United States. The value of their unpaid services is over $470 billion dollars. If they were a company, they would be bigger that Apple or Walmart! In Minnesota there are nearly 600,000 family caregivers.

Beginning January 1st 2017, a new Minnesota law called the CARE Act provides new support for families when someone is discharged from a hospital:

  1. Designation: Hospital inpatients must be given the chance to designate a caregiver ad have that caregiver’s information made part of the record.
  2. Notification: That caregiver is to be notified prior to discharge.
  3. Instruction: That caregiver is to be consulted and provided a demonstration of the tasks they will need to do at home for the patient and be given the chance to ask questions.

Half of all caregivers are also working a separate job, so make sure you thank them.  Families might consider finding ways to give the primary care giver a break by doing one or more of the following:

  • Offer to take-over caregiving so the primary caregiver can go to a caregiver support group.
  • Offer to hire a caregiver for a week so the primary caregiver can take a break
  • Offer to treat your loved one to a respite stay at an assisted living the offers activities that they like.
  • If you can’t get out to a support group, try an online support group. Go to and click on Support Groups.

If you need help finding a caregiver support group, in home care or an assisted living with respite stay options, give us a call at Choice Connections.



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