Giving is the focus of November

Updated: Nov 2, 2020

This month celebrates National Caregiving Month, Thanksgiving, and is the prelude to the end of the year philanthropic giving cycle. That is a lot of giving; however, when we consider the receiving that comes forth, there is as much, if not more, when we allow it to move through us naturally. We do seem to be resistant to the idea of receiving at first, yet it is the very thing that is necessary to move us along.

Giving is part of a cycle that reminds us when we are running on empty, that we have gone past functional operation and are in our deficit mode. We don't expect our wallets or the gas in our car to automatically refuel without some concentrated effort, though we seem to expect that of ourselves. This is why giving is good to focus on, as drawing attention to it seems to educate or remind us about the wholeness of what we value.

Caregiving is a great example of completeness in giving. An individual who steps up does so because the need is present, and they see themselves in their loved ones and know they have the heart for the work required. While there is much emotional and physical demand, Caregiver burnout occurs when the receiving isn't being met in what each does and offers.

When demand is high, reaching out helps ease the load and dissipate the isolation. To many, it seems that requests go unmet from other family members or resources that at first, readily offered assistance. Unfortunately, they do not walk in the same shoes and have little understanding of the point of saturation from a caregiver's perspective. At times like these, reframing to reach out to those who understand, refocus on what you can accomplish, and reprioritizing can paint possibility into the picture. This is when we begin to realize and fine-tune our abilities. We start working on effective and efficient strategies.

Our receiving begins the moment we allow it to begin. It is always part of the cycle, though it may take a few lopsided stressful events to regroup and repurpose our strategies to recognize where we have not been open. When we do, the little issues depart, we release the unnecessary gratefully, and we return to the gifts of what we do and why we do it. When we are open to receiving, the compliments, communication, and cooperation ease. Our wish to care and share is revitalized, and our need to control, protect, and safeguard evaporates to hold the capability of the moment and each individual higher.

According to the Caregivers Action Network, some 90 million Americans provide family caregiving and work through these balances of giving and receiving to understand better the harmony and education involved. C In general, it costs the business environment almost seven billion dollars annually to replace an employee who has left the workforce to take care of a family member. However, this cost is relatively small compared to reports that state the savings to the workforce and community was $470 billion dollars annually when family members administered the giving of care.

When we consider brain injury, which is vastly underscored by the lack of accountable numbers, the uniqueness of each damage to the brain, and the understanding of how many arenas generate an injury, its status as the world's foremost cause of death and disability by the World Health Organization in 2020 makes it a comparable peer to Caregiving. In fact, brain injury typically affects a family in various ways, so when impacted, there are more family members, so more caregivers are affected in the process.

The cost to a community for the impact of brain injury in the U.S. was approximately 76 billion dollars according to the CDC, though that was in 2010 and only accounted for TBI, not the more massively significant Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). The average size family in Las Vegas is four members. It is why we know that taking care of Caregivers is equally important as helping those with brain injury to rediscover abilities and purpose. When we give to the Caregiver, we assist those with injuries. When the community supports our efforts and gets involved, we make a worthwhile difference where everyone balances giving and receiving.

When we take into account the enormity of the impact that account for so many Caregivers in our population, it addresses how many are receiving care in a more familial setting. It also addresses the injury, illness, aging, and deterioration that is on the rise too. As the numbers rise and the concern grows in all the giving, agencies and alliances are popping up to provide a sense of organization and aid to those who are in the trenches of service. One can see where there is giving, there is also a way that receiving becomes the completion cycle of the exchange. This month lets celebrate the giving during National Caregivers month and find ways to improve by recognizing the receiving that occurs too.

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