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Thank You, Family Caregivers

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It’s November – a time for reflection and gratitude. We want to thank family caregivers for their selfless dedication to caring for aging loved ones. Their compassion and support go a long way and many times these caregivers can feel their efforts go unnoticed at times. Watch this short video from Lori Hogan, co-founder of Home Instead Senior Care, who has a thank you message for the dedicated family caregivers spanning the globe.


November is a month to celebrate family caregivers and the tremendous work they do. To celebrate, we’re featuring caregiver gratitude stories on our Facebook page and encourage you to share your caregiver gratitude story with hashtag: #CaregiverGratitude. Our partner, Caregiver Action Network, organizes National Family Caregivers Month every November and it’s always an inspiring month filled with education, resources and messages of gratitude.

More than 43.5 million Americans provide unpaid care for older adults every day. Many family caregivers put their personal well-being on the back burner while caring for a loved one. But caregivers cannot pour from an empty cup.

This article has eight tips to help caregivers be more optimistic and put themselves first, focusing on self-care, so they are not pouring from an empty cup.

In addition to the tips, these resources are a great arsenal for family caregivers to network with other caregivers, find answers and resources to challenging caregiving situations.

  • Caregiver Stress Relief Community is an online caregiver community providing resources and connecting caregivers to one another to lift each other up.
  • Caregiver Action Network Family Caregiver Toolbox is filled with videos, articles and FAQs on caregiver topics ranging from Alzheimer’s, finding respite care and support groups to communicating with doctors or aging parents.
  • 10 Tips for Healthy Aging includes suggestions that can be implemented at any age and are the groundwork for healthy aging.
  • 10 Tips for Family Caregivers is a simple illustration with organization tips and self-care reminders to help.

Let’s not forget the powerful benefit -- mental, physical and emotional -- that respite care can bring family caregivers and senior loved ones. A few hours a week away from caregiving to run personal errands, meet up with a friend, see a movie, or simply rest can recharge and energize family caregivers so they can continue to provide exceptional care. To find respite near you, visit

Those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia may be eligible for a dementia home care grant. Hilarity for Charity® and the Home Instead Senior Care® network partner to award home care grants to those providing care to loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Learn more about the program and submit an application. Thank you Family Caregivers

To all the family caregivers out there, please know that so many appreciate all that you do to care for and keep your senior loved ones safe. Enjoy this month of gratitude and share your caregiver gratitude story with us on Facebook using hashtag: #CaregiverGratitude.

Author: Lakelyn Hogan

Lakelyn Hogan is Gerontologist and Caregiver Advocate for Home Instead Senior Care. Lakelyn has been with Home Instead for five years, starting in the local franchise working one-on-one with seniors and caregivers. Now, her role at the Global Headquarters is to educate professionals, families and communities on Home Instead’s services and the issues older adults face. In partnership with the American Society on Aging, Lakelyn facilitates a monthly webinar series for professionals in the aging field. She also hosts monthly family caregiver live chats with Alzheimer’s and dementia experts from across the country.

Lakelyn is a doctoral student at the University of Nebraska – Omaha where she is studying Social Gerontology. She has a Master of Arts in Social Gerontology and a MBA from UNO. Lakelyn loves giving back to her community and is currently Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Dreamweaver Foundation. Dreamweaver grants lifelong wishes for terminally ill older adults. She is also active in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Lakelyn has a passion for helping others, especially aging adults and their families.


Posted by Sonja Schmitt-Pinney (January 03, 2019)

I was reading this blog with all the information, resources, and support it gives to caregivers of people with dementia and Alzheimer's and am thankful it has finally become so easily accessible and widely available! I can attest that this has not always been the case. About 20 years ago my Grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. I helped my parents to renovate part of their home to accommodate her needs and move her in. For 10 years the 3 of us cared for her in their home before she was checked into an Alzheimer's Care Facility where she perished 2 years later. During those years there was little information on the Disease or how to provide the necessary treatment published for us to refer to. Ten years after that my Dad was diagnosed the same and my Mom asked me to help care for him. This time I went to school and obtained my CNA license. Also science had advanced and Alzheimer's Disease was not so new any more. Information, training, medication, etc. was now more readily available and support groups were easily found. My Mom and I and our other family members were all grateful for all the help we got from others around us. This more positive experience is what inspired me to become a professional caregiver.


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