The Role Of The Caregiver

The Role Of The Caregiver


You need patience and empathy to succeed as a caregiver, but not necessarily medical experience. The best way you can help your loved one is by responding to their needs. Those needs may not always be health-related. 

Who Can Be Assigned As A Caregiver?


While there are professionals, the majority of caregivers are those who choose to help a loved one without pay. That can be a family member, friend, or even a neighbor who is willing to accept the responsibility.


If you’d like to add a caregiver to an Anthem member account, please follow these steps:


  1. Log in at

  2. Select Profile.

  3. Select Privacy & Access.

  4. Select Add a Caregiver.

  5. Complete and submit the online form.




What Are Caregiver Responsibilities? 


The person you care for may need your help with the following responsibilities:

  • Power of attorney, coordinating health insurance, and handling financial matters and personal care decisions

  • Communicating with medical professionals about care

  • Chores such as cooking, cleaning, and transportation

  • Personal needs including grooming, hygiene, and eating




How Is Someone Assigned To Be A Caregiver?


Your loved one must assign certain legal privileges to you as a caregiver. For example, you may be granted power of attorney to manage personal affairs. They must also grant permission for you to coordinate with doctors concerning their medical needs. 




Can A Caregiver Receive Compensation?


Yes, many government programs allow family members of people with disabilities to receive payment for caring for them. Your loved one can designate you as a home health aide. You can then be compensated for a long-term commitment if you’ve had to leave work to provide full-time in-home care.




Are You Ready To Become A Caregiver?


The caregiver role is rewarding and often builds a bond like no other and leaves you feeling confident about facing new challenges.