The calendar that alerts me of monthly observances informed me that Friday is National Caregivers Day. Observed annually on the third Friday in February, this day was originally founded by the Providers Association for Home Health and Hospice Agencies to recognize “caregivers providing quality, compassionate care every day.”
Although the original intent of this day is for those who provide home health care and hospice, the spirit of the day should be to honor all of those who provide care to the people in our lives who cannot fully care for themselves. These daily heroes go by a lot of different identifying titles such as doctors, nurses, therapists, etc. but in the world of people with developmental disabilities they are known as direct support professionals.