| Thu, Sep 18, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Caregivers Helping Loved Ones with Medicare Decisions

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

caregiver action networkBy John Schall, CEO, Caregiver Action Network

On top of all the things family caregivers do for their loved ones – manage medications, arrange doctor appointments, handle the finances, etc. – sometimes they are called upon to help their elderly loved ones find a Medicare plan, too. But many of us under age 60 just don’t want to think about Medicare yet, and if we do think about it, we may feel we have several years before we really need to figure it out.

Family caregivers might find they need to understand Medicare all of a sudden, or at least learn about it very quickly. I remember when my parents asked me to help choose Medicare plans for them. At some point your parents might ask you, too. In fact, many baby boomers today are helping aging relatives make Medicare decisions.

So where can family caregivers turn for help to evaluate and choose Medicare coverage that may fit with their loved one’s needs?

Caregiver Action Network (CAN) has a new online presentation called Understanding Medicare, which was created just for you and is available now at CaregiverAction.org. It’s an educational presentation designed to address the unique needs of family caregivers who help their loved ones navigate Medicare enrollment decisions.

CAN created Understanding Medicare with UnitedHealthcare for National Medicare Education Week. The goal of National Medicare Education Week, Sept. 15-21, is to help baby boomers, Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers learn about Medicare.

So if you are a family caregiver asking yourself, “Do I know enough to give my loved one good Medicare advice?” you may want to watch the presentation, Understanding Medicare.

This is CAN’s third year participating in National Medicare Education Week. We have heard from so many thankful family caregivers who say that it has helped them understand Medicare, making it easier to help their loved ones. That’s why I want to bring National Medicare Education Week to the attention of all family caregivers.

Learn more about National Medicare Education Week and how you can take part, and go to CaregiverAction.org for help with family caregiving and to access the Understanding Medicare presentation.

For more information, explore MedicareMadeClear.com or contact the Medicare helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048.

Resources:

Medicare & You: Get the U.S. government’s official Medicare handbook.

Show Me Guide: Get help understanding Medicare choices and finding a plan to fit your needs.

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