Celebrating National Caregivers Day in Northern Ohio – February 17, 2023
By Doug Bardwell, Red Cross volunteer
National Caregivers Day originated from the efforts of the Caregiver Action Network
(CAN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and advocating for family
caregivers. In 2015, CAN established the holiday to honor the millions of family
caregivers who provide care to their loved ones.
There are many individuals in northern Ohio who serve as family caregivers, providing
compassionate care for their loved ones day in and day out. This includes spouses
caring for their partners with Alzheimer’s disease, adult children caring for parents with
chronic illnesses, and siblings caring for siblings with disabilities.
What can you do?
Some other things each of us can do to recognize these caregivers are:
- Offer to help with household tasks or errands, such as grocery shopping or cooking a meal.
- Provide emotional support and a listening ear to caregivers who may be feeling
overwhelmed or stressed.
- Give caregivers a break by offering to stay with their loved one for a few hours so
they can have some time for themselves.
- Offer to drive caregivers and their loved ones to medical appointments or other
Let the American Red Cross help
While the Red Cross is not directly affiliated with National Caregivers Day, the
organization does provide support and resources for caregivers. The Red Cross offers a
variety of courses and training programs, including caregiving courses, to help
individuals develop the skills they need to care for their loved ones.
In addition, the Red Cross provides assistance to caregivers in times of emergencies
and disasters, such as providing relief supplies or connecting caregivers with local
resources and support services.
National Caregivers Day serves as an important reminder to recognize and support the
vital role that caregivers play in our communities. By showing our appreciation and
offering support, we can make a difference in the lives of those who dedicate their time
and energy to caring for their loved ones.
Need help getting started?
Check out the following Red Cross options:
Take a class – online, in a classroom, or a combination of both
Learn more about the Military and Veteran Caregiver Network
Shop for caregiver training manuals and DVD’s
For other local care resources, check with
Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging
Edited by Glenda Bogar, American Red Cross volunteer
Posted by Ryan Lang, American Red Cross board member and volunteer