22 August 2019

Tips for Caregivers of Elderly

Thank you to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield for sponsoring this post. As always, all enthusiasm is my own.

I'm in what's known as the sandwich generation. It's that time in my life where I'm taking care of my kids and my parents, and I'm sandwiched between them.

I have three kids at home, two with special needs, and I'm also the primary caregiver for my mother. She's in her late 60s, so she's not that old, but she has some medical issues, and needs some help in order to live independently.



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She functions okay for her daily living, but she needs help cleaning, shopping, going to doctor's appointments, and with managing her finances right now.

She’s my mom and of course I'll do everything I can, but it's hard. I work full time and homeschool my kids, so it can get crazy fitting it all into my day.

If you're part of the sandwich generation, there is help. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicare Advantage plans offer access to healthcare services that I was pleasantly surprised to find out about.

Tips for Caregivers of Elderly



Take Care of Yourself


I'm not so good at this one. I didn't used to take time for myself, but now I pencil it in on my planner. No excuses.





You can't give your everything to someone when you have nothing left to give. Take an hour, or a few hours, a week to take a break from being a caregiver. It will recharge you so to speak, so you can be a better caregiver when you get back from your break.




Keep Open Lines of Communication


One of the biggest tips for caregivers of elderly that helped my family is to keep open lines of communication. Talk to doctors, nurses, therapists, and anyone else involved in your loved one's care.

I made sure each doctor's office had my name and phone number as well as permission to talk to me if they have a question or if I do.


Get Help


Although I am the primary caregiver for my mother, my brother does help. My aunts also help during the summers when they are in state.





Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield offers high-quality, affordable Medicare Advantage plans that offer access to wellness services for the elderly – in addition to the medical services you associate with Medicare plans.

Some of these wellness services include:


  • healthy food delivery
  • transportation for health-related services
  • adult day center visits for loneliness
  • home helpers for daily activities
  • alternative medicine like acupuncture


Organize Medical Information


I keep all of my mom's medical information, including the health power of attorney, list of medications, and her doctor's names and numbers in a binder. That binder sits on top of my desk, so I can grab it and leave in a hurry.





I also have the same paperwork in a binder at her house, so she has access to it, and we can make changes and corrections as needed.

Following these tips for caregivers of elderly helps make it easier. I feel peace of mind knowing that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Medicare Advantage plans helps Medicare-eligible people like my mom improve their health and well-being through whole-person care.

When she gets the help she needs, whether it's getting meals delivered or an assistive device that makes her life easier or safer, I know that she's happier and better able to stay healthy.

I also feel better knowing that she's able to, hopefully, avoid preventable health related incidents by taking preventative measures for her overall health.

Thank you to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield for sponsoring this discussion.

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.