November 16, 2020
by Ohio DD Council Staff
Every November, National Family Caregivers Month recognizes and honors family caregivers across the country. Led by Caregiver Action Network, it is also an opportunity to raise awareness of caregiving issues, celebrate the efforts of caregivers, educate family caregivers about self-identification, and increase support for family caregivers.
This year's theme is "Caregiving in Crisis" and recognizes the new realities family caregivers face with their loved ones during these uncertain times caused by the pandemic and other changes in society.
The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council agrees with Caregiver Action Network's statement:
"Family caregivers manage health emergencies, juggle priorities, and suffer isolation - and all that was before COVID. The pandemic brings even more challenges as family caregivers handle Caregiving in Crisis."
The Ohio DD Council is aware of the challenges that Ohio families are facing: a shrinking home health care and direct support professional workforce; shortages in medical supplies; transportation issues and more. Council continues to look at ways to partner with other state organizations to strengthen family support to Ohio's families who have a member with a disability, and commends the family caregivers who are working hard to keep their loved ones safe at home and in the community.
Learn more about National Family Caregivers Month, including tips and information for families: https://caregiveraction.org/national-family-caregivers-month
See also an article by Bridging Apps that provides information and links about smart device apps created for caregivers: Apps for Caregivers