Caregiver Appreciation Day
About Caregiver Appreciation Day
When is Caregiver Appreciation Day? This holiday is always observed on November 13
Caregiver Appreciation Day, a November 13 holiday, is a very important day. It gives recognition to the tens of millions of Americans, who selflessly give their time to care for those who are ill, disabled, or elderly.
Many individuals and organizations have declared a caregiver recognition day on many different dates. The most common of them is November 13, and March 3. We give the nod to November 13, as November is National Caregiver Appreciation Month.
This day of recognition is for both paid and unpaid caregivers. We believe unpaid caregivers, deserve even more special recognition. They silently go about the task of supporting someone in need, most often a family member. They give their time freely and often spend their own money in doing so. It can be a thankless task….. without even thanks from the person being cared for or from relatives who find countless reasons not to help.
Some interesting statistics:
29% of the U.S. population, some 65 million Americans are caregivers in some way. This is an astonishing number.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, over 40 million Americans, age 15 or older, provide unpaid care to the elderly alone.
How to Celebrate Caregiver Appreciation Day
Most caregivers, especially unpaid caregivers, do not seek or expect any form of recognition. They do what they do, simply because it needs to be done, and it is the right thing to do.
- Give a simple thank you to everyone you know who is a caregiver in any capacity.
- Send a thank you card by mail or email.
- Give them a day off. Take over the role of caring.
- If you are an organization, make up recognition certificates to caregivers.
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – – Confucius
History and Origin of Caregiver Appreciation Day
Many, many individuals and groups have declared a Caregivers Appreciation or Recognition Day. But, no one individual or entity appears consistently in our research. The roots of these days go back at least to the early 2000s.
With a variety of people and entities declaring a Caregiver Appreciation Day, it should come as no surprise that there are many, many dates.
There are some references to this as a “National” day. We found no presidential proclamation or congressional act declaring it as a national day. However, we certainly feel caregivers are deserving of this recognition.
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