One of the most exhausting and frustrating of caregiving is dealing with medical insurance and Medicare.
Every policy is different and as you add on various specialists and procedures, well, it even gets more complicated.
Then, there’s Medicare. A whole other enchilada!
Just more to learn about for the already over-committed, over-worked caregiver’s life.
Medicare has taken notice of caregiversand their needs and are “detangling” their information and opening accessability.
The new site is named, Ask Medicare! and can be found at:
What is the purpose of this site?
• To build a direct and meaningful conversation between Medicare (CMS) and caregivers;
• Empower caregivers with information, tools and materials that will help them take action to lead to a healthier life for their loved one and for themselves;
• Help connect caregivers to Medicare resources and other partner resources
• Raise community/partner/policy awareness of caregiver issues
• Foster and support a strengthened caregiver movement
* CMS stand for–Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and is the US federal agency which administers Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
This web page will provide updated, easy to use information and tools to assist caregivers in talking with their loved ones to make a family plan and in making informed healthcare decisions about a variety of topics–from Medicare coverage to technology updates to emotional support.
Knowing what options you have, what benefits you qualify for is crucial to good care.
Here’s what they have to say:
*Ask Medicare was developed in consultation with caregivers and partners to provide answers to common problems and address a wide range of questions about caregiving. We’re reaching out to caregivers who can provide helpful feedback, interact with leaders of this initiative, and ultimately feel confident sharing this resource with their readers.
I would have given my eye teeth (what that means, I’m not sure) to have had this access when I was caring for my mom.
Like many of you, I felt like I was “thrown” into the caregiving pool and was trying not to drown. Trying to physically and emotionally care for a person who is already ill, has different insurance than you, is eligable for government benefits that you know nothing about–that you’re supposed to figure out WHILE you’re cutting pills, changing sheets, scheduling doctor appointments, and trying to encouraging and loving–well, it’s more than one person can do.
Add on top of that children, a marriage, and my own personal (sidelined) goals and interests, and it felt like I was heaping more bricks in my wheelbarrow than I could carry. Caregivers had busy, hectic lives before their committed to care for a loved one–and getting clear and concise help is a must.
So go to Ask Medicare! and ask a question. Get familiar with the site. Look around. Share your frustrations and offer suggestions.
This is a great resource for all caregivers, and I hope you’ll get the information and assistance you deserve. Family caregivers are crucial to good care. We keep our loved ones at home and in their communities, we make sure they’re safe and watch out for them as their needs change. We find good care facilities for them when and if it’s necessary.
And we need and deserve all the support we can get.
I’m Carol O’Dell, and I hope you’ll visit my blog again.