Celebrating National Family Caregiver Awareness Month

Celebrating National Family Caregiver Awareness Month

A wheelchair user and friend looking over at a group of people

“Family members, friends, and neighbors devote countless hours to providing care to their relatives or loved ones. During National Family Caregivers Month, we recognize and thank the humble heroes who do so much to keep our families and communities strong.”        

President Barack Obama, NFC Month Proclamation 2012

According to caregiver members of The Driving Force, 75 percent of caregivers feel that their efforts are recognized. But still, 50 percent wish they were thanked more often. - October, 2019 Poll of The Driving Force

The time and energy it takes to care for a loved one, along with the sacrifices that come with this responsibility are characteristics that we at BraunAbility admire and see firsthand in our customers and communities.

During the past month, BraunAbility reached out to The Driving Force to learn more about how others recognize caregivers. We discovered that 75 percent of caregivers said that yes, their efforts were recognized by those around them, however over half of caregivers wished they were thanked more often.

Another unique trend we saw in responses was how meaningful a simple acknowledgment of the mental and physical demands of the role can be. Most caregivers said a simple “thank you” and “I love you” can go a long way in helping to give them the daily validation they need. 

With these findings in mind, we wanted to take a moment to recognize and thank all of the caregivers within The Driving Force. We thank you for taking the time to not only care for others, but also for being a true advocate for the mobility disability community by sharing your experiences with the team here at BraunAbility.

This month we are celebrating National Family Caregiver Awareness Month by partnering with Chive Charities to surprise 25 amazing caregivers with the help of their families and care recipients. These caregivers were either responsible for or a participant in applying for a Chive Charities grant that resulted in a BraunAbility wheelchair van or other mobility product for their loved one. And while we know our mobility solutions are life-changing, the love and support of a steadfast family caregiver is truly invaluable.

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