Throughout November, The ALS Association will once again recognize those who care for their loved ones during National Family Caregivers Month. These unique individuals provide unwavering care and support to relatives with physical, emotional or developmental needs. People with Lou Gehrig’s Disease often require constant care since many of them encounter difficulties with breathing, eating, and mobility.
“The needs of people with ALS are extensive, and caregivers are often family members who fill this crucial role for their loved one who is often struck by the disease in the prime of life,” said Jane H. Gilbert, President and CEO of The ALS Association. “On behalf of The ALS Association, I want to personally thank each and every caregiver who selflessly gives of themselves to take care of others.”
People who fill the role of family caregivers often neglect to care for their own needs and sometimes experience burnout. “Caregivers are often so involved taking care of others that they forget to take care of themselves, especially when caring for a loved one often demands an around the clock commitment,” Gilbert continued. “The ALS Association offers resources to help caregivers take care of themselves and to protect their physical and psychological health.”
Resources such as the Care Connection can provide assistance to family caregivers and allows them to take time out from their daily responsibilities. Moreover, those who care for their spouses, children or parents with ALS can refer to The Association’s website for additional information on coping with challenges associated with caregiving.
Please join The ALS Association this month—and throughout the year—in honoring family caregivers.
Read our press release on National Family Caregivers Month