Celebrate National Caregivers Day and National Family Caregivers Month

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Celebrate National Caregivers Day and National Family Caregivers Month

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National Caregivers Day and National Family Caregivers Month, recognized annually in the U.S., remind us to celebrate the many different caregivers in our lives. Everyday professional care providers and family members make a selfless and devoted commitment to supporting people and loved ones who need help. Caregiving.com honors caregivers on these special holidays and all year-round. Please join us in showing them the love!

National Caregivers Day: Third Friday in February (U.S.)

Providers Association for Home Health & Hospice Agencies (PAHHHA) founded National Caregivers Day in 2015 to recognize the, “dedicated healthcare professionals [who] serve those who require short and long-term care at home or in a facility.” The day was first observed in 2016, and the National Day Calendar added it to their list that same year.

National Caregiver Day: First Tuesday in April (Canada)

Canada has a national day for recognizing family caregivers, too. Our team was unable to track down the origins of this national day but can confirm that it is recognized every first Tuesday in April. In 2021, Carers Canada launched their "Experiences in Caregiving" campaign to highlight "Canadians’ experiences in caregiving; the impact the pandemic has had on caregivers; and organizations that provide essential supports for caregivers" for National Caregiver Day.

National Family Caregivers Month: November (U.S.)

Caregiver Action Network has been leading the charge for the national recognition of family caregivers since 1994. The first Presidential Proclamation of National Family Caregivers Month was signed by President Clinton in 1997. Every year since then, each president has issued a proclamation about NFC Month and the importance of honoring and supporting these family caregivers.

The goals of NFC Month, outlined by Caregiver Action Network, include:

  • Raising awareness of family caregiver issues
  • Celebrating the efforts of family caregivers
  • Educating family caregivers about self-identification
  • Increasing support for family caregivers

How to Observe Caregiver Awareness Days

  • Offer to do something or ask how you can help.
  • Send a thank you note or a gift.
  • Post to social media using these hashtags: February, #nationalcaregiversday; April, #nationalcaregiverday; and November, #nationalfamilycaregiversmonth and #familycaregiversmonth.
  • Make a donation on a caregiver’s behalf.

Are you a caregiver? We are celebrating love and joy in our caregiving community. We want to share what that looks like for you! Simply grab a video of you and your loved one in a moment where you are both singing, laughing, playing a game, or cracking jokes--whatever is making you and your loved one smile in a given moment, we want to help share it with the world. Share the video to your social media and tag us on any of these platforms: Facebook (@CaregivingSupport), Instagram (@caregivingsupport), or Twitter (@caregiving) and use the hashtag #CaregivingJoy.

UPDATED APRIL 2021