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Caring for Caregivers: National Family Caregivers Month and STARC

STARC, a United Way of Southeast Louisiana community partner, joined us on LIVE United Radio last week to highlight the diverse range of services they provide for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in St. Tammany and the surrounding parishes. Listen to the full episode here.
Caregiving, for an elderly parent, disabled child, or chronically ill family member, is an around-the-clock responsibility. Many caregivers go unrecognized as they juggle doctor appointments, medications, and daily care with work and family life. They compassionately put another’s needs before their own.
For households in poverty or ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) that are caring for a loved one with an illness or disability, money is an additional stressor. Already on a shoe-string budget, having to reduce work hours or pay for special care can push these individuals into even more financial stress. 
STARC is one organization in our region providing invaluable support services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. STARC’s programming covers a lifetime of support and service – from an integrated child development center to supported employment for adults and daily task assistance for the elderly. 
In addition to moving individuals through a life-long process toward greater well-being and independence, many STARC programs provide a much-needed respite for caregivers. 
National Family Caregivers Month, celebrated each November, is a time to recognize and honor caregivers around the country. NFC month is designed to: 
  • Raise awareness of family caregiver issues
  • Celebrate the efforts of family caregivers
  • Educate family caregivers about self-identification
  • Increase support for family caregivers
United Way of Lamoille Country in Vermont compiled this overview of National Family Caregivers Month and how you can show appreciation to a caregiver. 
Remember, we have one life to live. To live better, we must Live United.