Help your loved one embrace a healthy new year

The start of a new year is a great time to reflect on the year prior, celebrate successes and even acknowledge challenges you may have faced as a caregiver. It’s also an opportunity to plan for how you and your loved one can work towards your best health in 2018!

Here are some things you and your loved one can focus on as the new year gets started:

Stay on track with an Annual Wellness visit

Encourage your loved one to schedule an Annual Wellness visit with their primary care physician (PCP). There they can get their general health checked, discuss current medicines, get a cognitive screening and make plans for upcoming immunizations and screenings.

Preparing for an Annual Wellness visit is also a great opportunity to take stock of your health plan for the new year by sorting medical records and screening histories, listing prescriptions, and noting all doctors being seen.

If your loved one doesn’t have a doctor or needs to find a new one, search the Humana provider directory online to find an in-network provider.

Get prescriptions organized

  • Consider using a pill organizer if your loved one sometimes forgets to take pills at the right time.
  • Check remaining refills to see when your loved one may need to see their doctor for updates or new prescriptions.
  • If your loved one is having trouble getting prescriptions refilled on time, consider using a mail-delivery pharmacy, like Humana Pharmacy®*, to mail prescriptions directly to your loved one to help ensure a continual supply.
  • Use the Humana Caregiver’s Toolkit to help keep track of prescriptions.

Find a Humana neighborhood location

Humana neighborhood locations offer a range of activities like health and wellness programs that you and your loved one can participate in at no extra cost. Visit Humana.com/about/guidance-center to see if there is a Humana location near you.

Get the resources you want to help you be a confident caregiver

Visit Humana.com/learning-center/caregiver/caregiver-resources for information that can help you help your loved one live a happy, healthy life.

This year, stay active together!

Spending quality time with those you care for can be an important part of maintaining overall health. A great way to spend time together is to share healthy activities.

Picking an activity that is enjoyable for both you and your loved one will depend on factors like age and health conditions. Talk to your loved one about their goals and comfort levels. For example, do they feel comfortable going to a gym or an activity center? Or will they benefit most from activities they can do from home, such as basic stretches or simply walking?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has time and intensity guidelines for various types of healthy aging activities. Learn more: How much physical activity do older adults need?

Remember to set realistic goals—it’s fine to start small with little steps. Together, you and your loved one can come up with safe and beneficial activities and determine how often and for how long your loved one should engage in them. Activity of any sort, no matter how light, can be better than doing nothing at all!

You can also see if your loved one’s Humana plan includes the SilverSneakers® Fitness Program. SilverSneakers offers exercise programs designed for people with Medicare at a number of participating fitness centers across the country. The SilverSneakers Steps Program also provides exercise kits with tips and activities members can do from home. Learn more about Humana’s SilverSneakers Fitness Program.

This article is part of the Winter 2017 Caring for Health newsletter for caregivers. Check out the latest issue.

*Other mail-delivery pharmacies are available in our network.