November: National Family Caregivers Month & National Hospice & Palliative Care Month

November is known for daylight savings time, weather changes and major preparations for the historical feast on Thanksgiving Day. Some enthusiasts may even fight to lose five pounds in order to indulge on that one day of thanks! Whichever of these is more relatable to you, we all seem to have one thing right – November is a month for appreciation. Not only is November National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, but it is also National Family Caregivers Month.

According to the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA), an annual proclamation has been issued every year since 1997 to appreciate family caregivers. What once started as a weekly celebration has now grown into a full month to honor family caregivers. The NFCA also states that by celebrating November as National Family Caregivers Month, we are able to “thank, support, educate and empower family caregivers.”

As we celebrate National Family Caregivers Month and National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, we want to share a gracious thank-you for all the caregivers who have put their time, effort and compassion toward assisting those in need. These caregivers provide a wide range of support for families dealing with chronic illnesses. The types of services may include:

  •  Skilled to Non-skilled Nursing Care
  • Physical, Occupational and/or Speech Therapy
  • Home Health Aides
  • Basic Assistance
  • Hospice
  • Respite Care
  • Companion Care
    • Bathing/Grooming
    • Grocery Shopping
    • Meal Preparation
    • Laundry
    • Light Housekeeping
  • Nutritional Support
  • Visiting Nurses Associations
  • Nurse Registries
  • Medical Staffing
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

For more information, visit the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the National Family Caregivers Association. For information on home health care insurance and hospice insurance, visit our website for details on In-Home Plus, our Home Health Care Insurance Program. You can also call 877-456-5323, email, or find us on social media on Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

AFC Insurance writes this blog. The content and opinions expressed in this blog are strictly for informative purposes from sources that are presumed accurate. AFC Insurance does not assume responsibility for any misguided information and no guarantees are implied.

Sources: National Family Caregivers Association