There’s help for caregivers, too

If you’re caring for an elderly, ill, or disabled family member, you’re one of about 44 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness, disability, or frailty. Family caregivers provide an average of 24 hours of care per week. When you’re a caregiver, it can be hard to care for yourself.

November is National Family Caregiver Month—a perfect opportunity to reach out for caregiver support if you’re caring for someone with Medicare. Here are 4 things you can do this month to help you help your loved one:

  1. Visit Acl.gov to find caregiver support programs and resources that can help you.
  2. Make sure your loved one’s Medicare coverage still meets their needs. Medicare Open Enrollment is from now until December 7, and it’s important to take a few minutes to review coverage and pick a plan that works for your loved one.
  3. See what home health services Medicare covers and find a home health agency in your area.  
  4. Find resources near you by visiting the Administration on Aging’s Eldercare Locator.

Don’t forget to make sure you’re getting the care you need for yourself. If you or someone you’re caring for is uninsured, learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace.

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