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Let’s Recognize The Importance Of Family Caregivers

posted by AHIP

on November 11, 2019

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and for good reason. Every day, more than 66 million Americans provide care for loved ones like parents and spouses who require hands-on assistance due to a physical or mental disability. Caregivers often set aside their own personal and professional lives to meet the needs of others.

Caregiving comes in many forms:

  • medication assistance,
  • bathing and hygiene preparation and safety,
  • transportation,
  • meal preparation,
  • home upkeep, and much more.

As the Baby Boomers age, many will need help. Caregivers can get support and resources from health insurance providers.

For example, caregivers have access to free nurse help-lines, comprehensive educational programs, DVDs, caregiving overviews, and incentives for preventative care services. In addition, caregivers can connect with resources closer to home that may help.

At AHIP, we recognize the burden of being a family caregiver. Caregivers are at greater risk for physical and emotional problems, particularly depression. Our industry is committed to helping caregivers get the information and support they need.

We’re driving awareness of the issues family caregivers face so we can work together to help overcome them. We learned from Susan Reinhard, Director of AARP’s Public Policy Institute, that population trends and advancements in health care mean that fewer people are doing more family caregiving.

“They are doing financial aspects of care, they are dealing with so many different doctors, nurses, and therapists,” Reinhard said on an episode of AHIP’s podcast, “The Next Big Thing in Health.”

People of all ages are caring for an adult loved one – 1 in 4 is a millennial and 4 in 10 are men. There is no better time than now to help the millions of family caregivers across the country.

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