A caregiver, carer or family caregiver (as they referred to around the world) is an unpaid individual, such as a family member, neighbour, friend or other significant individual, who takes on a caring role to support someone with a diminishing physical ability, a debilitating cognitive condition or a chronic life-limiting illness.
The terms caregiver, family caregiver and carer are used interchangeably by IACO members.
Below is a listing of the exciting initiatives that recognize and acknowledge the essential role of carers.
Each year Carers UK holds Carers Rights Day to bring organisations across the UK together to help carers in their local community know their rights and find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to. In England, Carers UK will be having a special focus on getting ready for new rights. With big legal changes in the Care Act 2014 coming into force in April 2015 in England, Carers UK will also be looking ahead to new rights with updated information on the website.
Family Carers have the opportunity to take part in a number of events across Ireland during National Carers Week. This celebration and recognition week enables carers to take a day for themselves, and to participate in events such as pamper days, informative gatherings, live entertainment and ‘open days’ at local attractions.
Over 50 million Americans are recognized through this annual event that focuses on the challenges facing family caregivers. State, local, and national organizations create events to recognize the contribution of family caregivers and to provide additional support for the services they provide. Typically, the President of the United States issues a proclamation to honor caregivers. Family caregivers provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or on an intermittent basis, with an estimated value of $510 billion dollars to the US economy.