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“How could you choose a winner?” said David Schulbaum, marketing and development director of the National Family Caregivers Association. “These are people who are selfless by nature, and as far as they are concerned they are just doing their [unpaid] job.”
However, Schulbaum said that the NFCA learned of the Homewatch Caregiver’s National Family Caregiver of the Year Award in 2009 and 2010 and saw the value. Now the NFCA is partnering with Homewatch Caregivers, a provider of home care services worldwide, to help honor the approximately 65 million caregivers in the United States.
“In surveys of family caregivers, concerns about finances and respite care top the list,” Mr. Schulbaum said. “Health and psychological deficits are a close third.”
Since the National Family Caregiver of the Year Award actually rewards people with cash and respite care, as well as education to continue their caregiving efforts, the NFCA saw it as a perfect partnership, Mr. Schulbaum said.
With this new partnership is a fresh opportunity to raise money for caregivers: $5 will be donated to the NFCA for every NFCOYA online application submitted.
“The five dollars in and More >
“Most people who get palliative care are still in their own homes,” said Dr. Porter Storey, executive vice president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. According to Dr. Storey, in Europe, Canada, and Australia, palliative care and hospice care are synonymous, but in the United States, palliative care is also used when people are still pursuing a cure for their illness. Because of U.S. government rules, hospice is limited to those with six months or less to live. A recent study that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine of 151 patients determined that of the 86% of surviving patients, “Patients assigned to early palliative care had a better quality of life than did patients assigned to standard care.” In addition, survival was longer in those who received early palliative care. The New England Journal of Medicine study also stated that palliative care programs have the potential to reduce hospital expenditures—an important issue in a time of rising health care costs.
A Team Approach to Serious Illness
Palliative care is provided by a team of professionals—including doctors, nurses, social workers, nutritionists, chaplains and others—who have received board certification specifically for palliative care. More >
Click here to nominate an exemplary family caregiver today!
For every unique and valid application submitted online, Homewatch CareGivers will donate $5 to the National Family Caregivers Association™.
Who is the Family Caregiver?
Many families and individuals are caregivers to a loved-one who is afflicted with an illness, injury – or most commonly – an elder. These caregivers can be the daughters, sons, parents, spouse, siblings, other relatives, or even a friend of the person in need of assistance. They frequently make great personal sacrifices to provide care for their loved ones, sometimes to the detriment of their own health and well being. Often, the family caregivers are the ones relied upon to provide care when they are at home. In fact, according to the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA), the service provided by family caregivers represents 80% of all home care services. Due to the humility of many of these dedicated individuals, the everyday efforts of family caregivers are sometimes unrecognized and under-appreciated.
Click here to read more about the history of the National Family Caregiver of the Year award, and read about the 2010 award recipient.
How are the winners be recognized?
Homewatch CareGivers, the largest, most experienced international provider of full-service in-home care, is More >