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Recognizing the hard work of a caregiver

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Posted: Friday, November 20, 2009 12:00 am

On Oct. 30, the president of the United States again declared November "National Family Caregivers Month." Each year, we in the home-care industry mark this month by promoting support for and awareness of the often-invisible millions of families and individuals dedicated to caring for loved ones. It has been estimated that the number of these dutiful families is around 50 million and growing.

"The true strength of the American family finds its roots in an unwavering commitment to care for one another," said President Barack Obama in his declaration of Family Caregivers Month. As someone who has personally experienced acting as a caregiver for a loved one, those words ring particularly true to me. It was the experience of being a caregiver to my own mother for her final 18 years that inspired my family to provide home-care services to others.

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