Many selfless Houstonians across our city consistently dedicate themselves to providing loved ones with the care and support they need to live a bright and beautiful life. Throughout National Family Caregivers Month, the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) would like to pause to recognize those who selflessly commit to care for the needs of their loved ones. Those giving and receiving selfless care do not fit into a simple label. Caregivers are parents, siblings, grandparents, companions, and many other special people.
Many family caregivers provide countless services to those in their family, household, and community. They often manage simple and complex healthcare issues and coordinate medical appointments to ensure the continuity of care for those most vulnerable. Caregivers must often be available around the clock, requiring them to set aside their own lives priorities. Through sacrificial love, caregivers endure emotional, physical, and financial strain for the sake of another.
This November, we ask all Houstonians to reflect and appreciate the caregivers in their lives. During emergencies, they are often the first people to respond to immediate needs. They are the ones who stop and consider all the details needed to minimize disruption and suffering. During all emergencies, OEM rededicates itself to make sure Houston’s caregivers have the support they need to maintain their well-being and that of those they love.
National Family Caregivers Month Tip
As a family caregiver you may want to accompany your care recipient to their doctor’s appointments. This way, you and your care recipient can work together as a health care team. This creates a shared understanding of care needs during an emergency.