National Caregivers Day is observed on the third Friday in February — February 17 this year. The day honors individuals who selflessly provide personal care, and physical – and emotional support to those who need it most.
History of National Caregivers Day
Caregivers really go the mile in providing the essentials and necessities, from medical aid to personal grooming. The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) is urging everyone in home health, home care, and hospice to use the occasion to draw attention to the selfless work caregivers do all over the country.
On National Caregivers Day we honor those who give endlessly of their own time and energy to help our loved ones live better lives. It especially applies to those caregivers who help our elderly friends, family, and neighbors who require long-term care in home care, home health, and hospice.
The third Friday of February is the perfect time to show your appreciation to professional caregivers who assist America’s most vulnerable citizens and also show some appreciation for the unpaid caregivers you know are making a big difference in the lives of others.
Ideas to thank caregivers:
A small gift to the caregiver(s) in your life would be a wonderful idea on February 17. Some suggestions are:
- Books (if the caregiver is a voracious reader)
- Gift cards to her or his favorite store
- Baked goods
- Hand lotions/cream
- Aromatherapy candles/diffuser
- Donation to a worthy cause in the name of the caregiver