Becoming a caregiver can be a challenging experience — for both new caregivers and those experienced in the role. We’re here to make the process a little easier with tools and resources to help you care for your loved one. Read on to learn more.
Caregiver support starts with recognizing that you are, in fact, a caregiver. Here’s a quick breakdown of an unpaid caregiver’s average time per month:
Here are some additional numbers to consider:
The average duration of a caregiving role is about four years.
Besides household chores and rides to the doctor, it may be necessary to help your loved one enroll in a Medicare plan. To help enroll a loved one in Medicare, or even to manage their current Original Medicare, Medigap, or Medicare Advantage plan, you’ll need to have the following pieces of information handy:
Our FREE Caregiver’s Checklist simplifies Medicare to help you choose the best plan for your loved one. From breaking down the Medicare basics to providing useful to-do lists and organizational tips, it has everything you need to understand Medicare and your role as a caregiver.
You can request your FREE Caregiver’s Checklist at medicare.highmarkhealthplan.com/caregiverchecklist
The cost of caring for a loved one can be high — physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. Fortunately, there are several caregiver support programs that allow family members of veterans and people with disabilities to get paid for caring for them, including:
We understand that it takes a lot of effort to do this job well. And it’s OK to get tired and frustrated once in a while. However, the challenges and stress from providing unpaid care for another person can sometimes build and build and, eventually, have a negative effect on the health of the caregiver. This is called caregiver burnout, and, like any illness, there are symptoms.
Caregiver burnout is the state of physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion that can occur when a caregiver has reached their limit and does not have enough support or a healthy way to deal with the stress.
If you or somebody you know starts exhibiting some of the following symptoms, they may be suffering from caregiver burnout:
If these symptoms sound a little too close to home for you or somebody you know, it may be time to get a little extra help. You can find a list of caregiver support groups and resources at USA.gov.
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