Medicare Caregiver Resources in California
Being a caregiver is an important responsibility, but it also can be complex and stressful. You often need to be an instant expert on things like:
- Health insurance, including Medicare or Medicaid
- Personal finance
- Medication adherence
- Home safety
- Legal matters like power of attorney
Fortunately, there are caregiver resources available to help you navigate the process.
Sign up for a Dedicated Caregiver Account
If you're providing care and support to someone with an Anthem Medicare plan, you can create a caregiver account. This allows you to access that person's care in one easy place – online. You can find doctors and hospitals, manage medications, and pay bills on behalf of the person for whom you're caring.
To create a caregiver account, first log into the member's account. Then, designate yourself as a caregiver in the Privacy & Access section of the member's profile.
Doctor Visits from Home
As a caregiver, you may not always be available to take someone to the doctor. Our Medicare Advantage plans include LiveHealth® Online, a 24/7 service for telehealth visits. Patients can do a video or phone visit with a doctor, therapist, or psychiatrist from the safety of home.
Many organizations offer help and support for managing your responsibilities. Here are just a few of them:
AARP Family Caregiving
A comprehensive resource with a range of caregiving topics, along with an online discussion board that connects caregivers to each other.
Family Caregiver Alliance
Offers education and directories for caregivers and is also a national voice for caregiving policies and advocacy.
Help for Cancer Caregivers
This is specifically directed to those caring for cancer patients, but many of the resources can apply to all caregivers.
The Caregiver Action Network
Provides a place to connect with other caregivers through a peer forum and story-sharing platform, as well as a family caregiver toolbox and more.
The Alzheimer’s Association works on a global, national, and local level to provide care and support for those affected by Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.