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November is National Family Caregivers Month

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
November is National Family Caregivers Month

Recently my family dynamics changed. I was a full-time outside the home worker, but when my husband became ill and was hospitalized my life turned upside down and topsy-turvy.

My husband is 55. He was diagnosed with Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. He had to have 2 stints inserted into his groin and leg. Life changed. I am now a stay-at-home wife. I now care for my 55 year old husband, 8 year old grandson, 33 year old daughter and two pets. 

I no longer have time to care for me. it's not easy being a caregiver when you are the only one. It takes a toll on your life, but there are things you can do:

Taking care of a loved one starts with taking care of yourself.
More than 65 million Americans are currently providing care for a loved one. ¹ But, sometimes caregivers neglect an important step: taking care of themselves.
Protecting the caregiver's own well being, both mentally and physically, is an incredibly important step in the caring process. So in honor of National Family Caregivers and National Hospice Month, UnitedHealthcare has some steps to help make the transition to caregiver.
Get out and enjoy time together:
Go for a walk. Go to a movie. Feed the ducks at a park. Keeping active may relieve stress and can create positive new memories.

Eat Healthy:
A healthy diet can keep you sharp. Stock up on healthy snacks and prepare your own meals. Here are some simple (and delicious) recipes for you and your loved one.

Educate yourself and your family:
Particularly for those dealing with advanced illness or end-of-life situations, it's important to prepare yourself and your children. A new activity book, Scarlet Says Goodbye, is one tool to help educate young children with a loved one entering hospice care. The book can be downloaded for free

Don't be afraid to ask for help:
UnitedHealthcare understands that being a caregiver can be an emotionally and financially exhausting experience. UnitedHealthcare designed Solutions for Caregivers* specifically to help alleviate both of these issues. Visit to learn about all the resources available, including other great recipes and aid in developing a care plan, built specifically for your situation.

Take care of you so you can take care of your loved ones!

Solutions for Caregivers assists in coordinating community and in-home resources. The final decision about your care arrangements must be made by you. In addition, the quality of a particular provider must be solely determined and monitored by you. Information provided to you about a particular provider does not imply and is in no way an endorsement of that particular provider by Solutions for Caregivers. The information on and the selection of a particular provider has been supplied by the provider and is subject to change without written consent of Solutions for Caregivers.


  1. They often say that a caregiver has to take some time out for themselves, that someone else has to relieve them so they can recharge.

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