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Caring for Yourself While Caring for A Seriously Ill Loved One

  • Published: 2010-11-05 : Highmark Inc..
  • Synopsis: Top five tips for caring for yourself while caring for a seriously ill loved one.

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Caring for the Caregiver: Top Five Tips for Caring for Yourself While Caring for A Seriously Ill Loved One - Expert advice from Dr. Judith Black, medical director for Highmark Senior Markets.

November is National Family Caregivers Month. As a health insurer, one of the ways Highmark looks out for our seriously ill members is by providing them with a care manager to support their health care needs. But we know that many of our seriously ill members also have an extensive at-home support system in the form of caregivers. These caregivers provide help with everything from cooking to emotional support to medical paperwork.

Because of the demands placed on them, caregivers may naturally feel overwhelmed, frustrated, fearful and sad. During this National Family Caregivers Month, consider the following tips to help to reduce the physical and mental stress involved in caring for a loved one with a serious illness.

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