HHSC Launches Campaign in Support of Family Caregivers

HHSC has launched the Strengthen the Care You Give caregiving campaign to help Texans learn about the role of the family caregiver, highlight issues associated with caregiving, and build awareness of available services and supports.

At some point in our lives, most of us will be a family caregiver or receive the help of a family caregiver. According to the RAISE Family Caregivers Act (PDF), informal or family caregivers are unpaid people of any age who provide a range of assistance to a person with a chronic or other health condition, disability or functional limitation.

“The family caregiver is such a vitally important role,” said Community Services Deputy Executive Commissioner Haley Turner. “This campaign seeks to recognize the value of family caregivers and the selfless contributions they provide, often going unnoticed or recognized, to their loved ones.”

Being a caregiver can involve complex tasks, like medical care, food preparation, assistance with hygiene activities and transportation. While it can be incredibly rewarding and bring the caregiver and care recipient closer, it can also come with challenges. The support that family caregivers provide is invaluable and often gives the care recipient the opportunity to live as independently as possible.

Through the Strengthen the Care You Give campaign, HHSC encourages caregivers to seek support when needed. Visit the Strengthen the Care You Give webpage for information about helpful caregiving resources, including:

  • Self-care to help caregivers understand the mental health stresses related to caregiving and resources to take a scheduled break, find peer support or connect with support.
  • Training and planning resources to help caregivers strengthen the care they provide through specific care-related skill development and planning resources.
  • Support and resources that caregivers may need, including a range of supportive services for specific populations.