Honor the caregivers in November | PostIndependent.com

Honor the caregivers in November

Kay Vasilakis

Caregivers are very special people, and they are all around us – caring for neighbors, elderly parents, ailing spouses, and disabled children. They spend precious time and energy supporting someone who needs them. Their caregiving is a selfless act of good in the world.Long-term caregiving can be difficult; it is both physically and emotionally taxing, and often financially as well. As the population ages, caregiving is a responsibility that is expected to touch nearly all American families. An estimated 46 million Americans provide uncompensated care for a loved one who is chronically ill or disabled. These caregivers often sacrifice their own careers, health and well-being out of a combined sense of love and duty. Family caregivers are an essential component of the health care system; the value of the services family caregivers provide for “free” is estimated to be $306 billion a year, almost twice as much actually spent on home care and nursing home services combined ($158 billion).Columbine Home Health (CHH) can make caregivers’ duties less stressful. Caregivers can contact CHH either directly or by calling the office at 945-8050. A registered nurse is on call 24/7. Caregivers can also connect to other services through any CHH worker providing care to their loved one.If a caregiver is struggling, the patient’s case manager will make a request to the doctor to order social work visits to assist with accessing community resources, health care and long-term care options and emotional support for patient and caregiver alike.CHH works closely with its patients’ families caregivers to provide different aspects of care. Each visit by a Columbine worker is also an important social contact and support.National Family Caregivers Month (NFC Month) is observed every November. The nationally recognized month is celebrated to draw attention to the challenges facing family caregivers, advocate for public policy to address family caregiving issues, and raise awareness about community programs that support caregivers. NFC Month is a time to thank, support, educate, and celebrate more than 50 million family caregivers across the country. Columbine Home Health and Columbine Homemakers for Independent Living (CHIL), are partnering to give their patients’ caregivers special thank-you gift bags during November.

Name: Columbine Home Health How long has the organization been in Garfield County? Since 1997 Mission: To promote a dignified, independent lifestyle within the community through the provision of skilled health care services. Contact numbers: 945-8050, Fax 945-8098 To make a tax deductible donation: Donations can be made directly to CHH at 927 Cooper Ave., P. O. Box 2024, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602. Services: 20 employees including physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists serving homebound patients from Parachute to Basalt and the Redstone/Marble area.

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