Caregiver Newsletter Fall 2016

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You’re our hero!

It’s National Caregiver’s Month and we salute you.

Humana hero: Becky A.

Humana Hero Becky

Each month, we share the story of one of Humana’s employees who is caring for a loved one. Meet Becky, this month’s Humana Hero.

Becky, a business analyst in the Retail Services Organization, was raised in a family that believes less is more. Fewer medications and minimum intervention is her family’s medical philosophy.

Her dad has end-stage Alzheimer’s disease, and she is following her family’s credo as much as possible in his care. “He’s only on one medication now, and I wouldn’t let them give him anything that might make him sedated.”

Becky said that her father, a retired bank manager, began showing signs of dementia years ago, but he was very good at hiding it. “When you asked him a question, he would smile and nod,” she said. Becky’s mother, Ann, who passed away in 2013, was in denial about her husband’s diagnosis. Becky stepped in and started going to doctor appointments with them, eventually taking over her father’s care. Her brother manages their father’s financial interests, which Becky said is a big help.

After trying out an assisted living–dementia care facility, her father is now in a personal care home, which better suits his needs. Becky has a good rapport and trusting relationship with the staff there, so she doesn’t feel she has to go check on him every day.

Read other helpful articles for family caregivers

Check out our previous articles:

Don’t let longer days shorten your nights

Don’t forget medications when tidying up

Making decisions together

Take steps to make sure you and your loved one are on track for a healthy year

Helpful driving tips

Stay on track with your medications when traveling

Your time

Change your life! Feel the power

What's on the menu?

Get a flu shot to protect you and your loved ones

Not catching enough z's?

Humana Guidance Centers offer support for caregivers

Make sure you’re taking time to rest

Helping communicate after a cancer diagnosis

When the diagnosis is congestive heart failure

Ways to manage multiple medications

Get the most from a doctor’s visit

Submit caregiver consent form online

6 tips to avoid caregiver burnout

Get advice and support when you need it

Find out how the Humana Points of Care tool can help

Discussing care options with older adults

Parkinson’s disease and caregiving

Understanding prescription drug coverage for hospice care

Long-distance caregiving: Tips for making it work

Caring for people with developmental disabilities

Take care of yourself when caring for others

Download and view past issues of our newsletter:

Caring for Health Winter 2016 - English (199 KB)

Caring for Health Spring/Summer 2016 - English (205 KB)

Caring for Health Fall 2015 - English (267 KB)

Caring for Health Summer 2015 - English (2 MB)

Caring for Health Spring 2015 - English (1.29 MB)

Caring for Health Winter 2015 - English (2 MB)

Caring for Health Summer 2014 - English (2.81 MB)

Caring for Health Spring 2014 – English (1.55 MB)

Caring for Health Winter 2014 – English (1.63 MB)

Caring for Health Summer 2013 - English (279 KB)

Caring for Health Spring 2013 – English (760 KB)

Caring for Health Winter 2013 – English (2.29 MB)

Caring for Health Fall 2012 – English (1.24 MB)