State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today recognized the month of November as National Family Caregivers Month. The Family Caregiver Alliance defines a family caregiver as “any relative, partner, friend or neighbor who has a significant personal relationship with, and provides a broad range of assistance for, an older person or an adult with a chronic or disabling condition.” This year’s theme is “Supercharge Your Caregiving” to highlight how family members can utilize support tools to improve the quality of life for their loved one and make their job easier as a caregiver.
“It can be challenging caring for a relative while completing daily tasks. Luckily, with the advent of new technology to check vital signs, access online patient records, and connect with support groups, these challenges can be decreased.” said Sykes. “In the General Assembly, it is important we recognize the work of family givers and provide support to services such as respite care.”
According to the Ohio Department of Aging, 1.7 million Ohioans provide some level of care for a loved one who is older or has a disability. The total cost of this care is an estimated $14.2 billion each year.
Through the National Family Support Caregiver Support Program, the Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities has resources and services available to family caregivers, please visit http://www.dhad.org/services.aspx for more information.