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Thank you for nominating someone special in your life (or yourself!) for HFC's caregiver recognition award, The Scotty!  HFC's Scotty Award, presented by Kensington Senior Living, will be presented at HFC CareCon, a virtual event designed to empower, educate and support dementia caregivers, held on National Caregivers Day, February 17, 2023.

The award is named in honor of Scott Miller, who served as a loving caregiver to HFC founder Lauren Miller Rogen's late mother Adele. The award will recognize an unpaid dementia caregiver who is nominated by a friend, family member, or themselves. A panel of HFC judges made up of current and former caregivers and thought leaders, will select one winner who will be recognized for the following characteristics throughout their caregiving experience:
- the loving support they provide(d) during a challenging time
- the patience and perseverance they demonstrate(d)
- the creativity they exhibit(ed)

The Scotty is not a recognition of the best caregiver, nor is it a recognition of the hardest working caregiver, nor the bravest.  The Scotty, is a symbol and HFC's way of recognizing ALL family caregivers who work, strive, love, and yes, sometimes struggle, while caring for someone living with the serious effects of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.  The recipient will receive one of HFC's Recharge Respite Grants which provides 50 hours of professional in-home respite care or the cash-equivalent.

The Scotty acknowledges that family caregivers provide assistance to those that need help with regular tasks on a daily basis.  The caregiver might be someone who is a family member, a child, a parent, a grandchild, a brother or sister, a husband or wife or a caregiver might be a close friend.  Every day millions help older, sick, or disabled family members and friends. People don’t always think of themselves as caregivers. In some cases, we are glad to do this and, in some cases, we are overwhelmed by the burden or are frightened by it.  Some of us naturally accept our role as caregivers and others, also naturally, avoid taking on that role.

There is no right or wrong when it comes to caring - caregivers do their best and The Scotty represents all caregivers and the fact that they care.

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