Take the time to support family caregivers and show your appreciation.
By Barry Brinegar
November is here and families are already planning meals, arranging travel and preparing to spend time with those they love. Thanksgiving is a time to gather together with family and friends to give thanks for life’s blessings, and to honor traditions and share memories that make up each family’s unique story.
November is also National Caregiver Month and National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and I encourage you to also give thanks for our nation’s caregivers, who play a vital role in our local communities and in many cases, our own families.
There are more than 15 million Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers in the United States. These selfless individuals not only see that the health care and daily living needs are met, but they provide the love and support that is required for elders to continue living radiant, purposeful lives.
Cost of being family caregiver
Adult children with aging parents frequently step in to fill the role of caregiver. This includes balancing family life, work life and caring for their parent’s daily living needs as well as providing transportation to doctor’s appointments, managing medications and ensuring that their environment is safe and their house and property is maintained.
According to a survey by the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s costs family caregivers more than just their time. They also provide more than 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care and spend over $5,000 a year caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.
For some families, this means missing important events, canceling family vacations and in some cases, going hungry.
Supporting family during change
This November, we are hosting Thanksgiving in Beaumont, a special educational dining event designed to bring together families who are affected by memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. We will gather together to provide support, give thanks and to share the personal care and memory care solutions available at our community.
Our gourmet Thanksgiving dinner menu includes carved turkey with gravy, sliced ham with brown sugar glaze, bourbon-smoked ribs, bread stuffing with sage, corn soufflé, mashed potatoes, southern style green beans, hot, buttered yeast rolls, and assorted holiday cakes and pies.
At Provision Living at Beaumont Centre, a social model has been designed to create an environment where each elder can experience their unique personhood and maintain their life force. In our home, elders direct their daily lives. The focus of the social model way of care is to create activity that is life engaging and meaningful in the moment.
If your family is currently exploring personal care or memory care options, or if a loved one is already in need of care, we invite you to attend Thanksgiving in Beaumont at the Beaumont Centre Clubhouse, 3231 Beaumont Centre Circle in Lexington.
Seating is limited and RSVPs are requested by Nov. 9. Please contact me, Barry Brinegar, community relations manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-202-1357.
You can also RSVP by visiting our website: ProvisionLiving.com
Barry Brinegar serves as the community relations manager for Provision Living.