You’re our hero!
This month, we salute you, our caregiver heroes. During National Caregiver’s Month, we want to thank you for giving your all to those you care for — and provide tips to help you take care of yourself, too.
Caregiving can be a tough and often thankless job. Family caregivers provide an average of 20 hours of care per week, with most caring for an aging loved one.* While you spend much of your time caring for another, make sure you get the things you need, such as:
- Help — Don’t be afraid to ask for it. The more family members who pitch in, the better.
- Understanding —Talking to someone who understands can help ease your stress. Caregivers who are Humana members have access to Humana’s Member Assistance Program (MAP). MAP can help you care for yourself and others by connecting you with local services like support groups or transportation. Members can call 1-800-767-6171 (TTY: 711), 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with after hours calls returned the next business day.
- Rest — Take a day off and give your body and mind a chance to recharge. Check out options for adult day care. The National Adult Day Services Association (www.nadsa.org) has a ZIP code-based adult day center locator to help you find a center that can care for your loved one while you take care of you.
- Find more caregiving tips at: www.aplaceformom.com/blog/facts-every-caregiver-needs-to-know/(link opens in new window)
Caregiving can be tough — but it’s rewarding, too! You’re making a difference in someone’s life, every day.
*According to the National Alliance for Caregiving