The Year of the Caregiver

Today the NC Campaign for Better Care celebrates the Year of the Caregiver — a year-long celebration that will recognize family caregivers for all that they give, and all that we ask of them.

Why? Family caregivers play a crucial, often under-appreciated, role in our families, communities and in our health care system.

Caregivers are on the front lines.

They fight hard for the well-being of family members and friends who are patients, many of whom suffer from multiple chronic conditions. They navigate our fragmented, poorly coordinated health care system, often at great personal cost, to get the job done for those who need them. It’s no easy task!

Caregivers are our heroes.

So in this Year of the Caregiver, we simply want to say: Thank you. We appreciate you and all your hard work. 

Caregivers also need our support.

It shouldn’t be so hard to ensure that our loved ones get the care they need and deserve. We know what would help: doctors and specialists working together as a team, medical records at our fingertips, and patients and their families no longer left to fend for themselves.

There is a better way. That’s what the Campaign for Better Care is all about – and that’s why we are proud supporters of this critical Campaign. So, today, in honor of all the caregivers in our lives, let’s show our solidarity. Join the NC Justice Center’s Health Access Coalition – and thousands of coalition organizations and activists across the country – and add your voice to the Campaign for Better Care’s tribute wall.

Take a moment and add your photo (or video) to this new interactive website “wall” and show support for caregivers and the Campaign that is fighting for them — and fighting for the patients they support. It’s easy. Go to www.CampaignforBetterCare.org/Wall and click “Add Your Voice.”

Also, if you missed our interview with Robin Eastridge, a family caregiver in Wilkesboro, NC, check out this short video interview: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2010/11/04/improving-care-for-older-parents-robins-story/

2 Comments

  1. Alex O.

    November 17, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    This is why the definition of a family should be expanded for the FMLA. Sometimes caregivers are grandparents, grandchildren, or siblings.

    Thanks to all the Caregivers!

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