Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Resources for Caregivers
Are you assisting those who are caring for an aging, disabled or seriously ill friend or family member? If so, you’re helping one of more than 66 million people who serve the important role of a caregiver. For many caregivers, a typical day can involve everything from questions about Medicare claims and prescription drugs, to preparing meals and running errands, to searching for the best long-term care or in-home services.
Created by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Ask Medicare initiative offers numerous resources to make your life easier. Recently updated and accessed online at www.medicare.gov/caregivers, Ask Medicare provides tips and helpful resources on enrolling in the Medicare program, coping with a chronic illness, comparing drug plans and long-term care options and more. You can find answers to commonly asked billing questions and utilize an interactive tool that will help you determine which services are covered by Medicare. In addition, the site offers access to a free e-newsletter with the latest updates from Medicare and a video series that provides useful tips on managing transitions in care, such as being discharged from the hospital or moving into a long-term care facility.
The Ask Medicare Web site also links to select state and local organizations that can assist with meals, provide transportation, identify available in-home services and offer caregiving training and support. Caregivers of aging family members or friends can access additional resources through CMS’s peer agency, the Administration on Aging (AoA), which offers the Eldercare Locator to help older Americans and connect to services in the community. For more information about these resources, please visit www.aoa.gov and click on “Elders and Families” and “Find Local Resources.”
You also view a series of inspiring stories and videos in which caregivers describe their successful efforts to overcome daily challenges while enjoying the rewards of improving the lives of those they love.