<a href="http://agewiseassisted.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/november-is-national-caregivers-month-twin-cities-mn click this.jpg” class=”gallery_colorbox”>November 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:
- Designation: Hospital inpatients must be given the chance to designate a caregiver ad have that caregiver’s information made part of the record.
- Notification: That caregiver is to be notified prior to discharge.
- 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 Caregiver.org 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.