Thursday, November 5th, 2009

November has been declared Family Caregivers Month in Morris County by the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

A family caregiver is described by the Morris County Department of Human Services as an unpaid family member, friend, partner or neighbor who provides significant levels of care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability, or who are affected by the frailties of old age.

The department estimates there are approximately 50,000 family caregivers in Morris County assisting loved ones with the basic activities of daily living.

Freeholder Director Gene Feyl, who issued the caregiver proclamation, said the agencies working to assist family caregivers are to be commended.

“Caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but it can also present severe financial, health and stress-related problems for the caregiver,” Feyl said.

“The county government’s Caregiver Connection and the Morris County United Way’s Caregiver Coalition are working together to provide information, easy access to resources and the support these unpaid individuals need to improve their quality of life while they continue to carry out their vital responsibilities as family caregivers.”

Feyl urged all Morris County residents to recognize, honor and support the family members, friends and neighbors who provide needed care to their loved ones.