Wednesday, November 21, 2012

November is National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month

Taking care of a loved one starts with taking care of yourself.
More than 65 million Americans are currently providing care for a loved one. ¹ But, sometimes caregivers neglect an important step: taking care of themselves. Protecting the caregiver's own well being, both mentally and physically, is an incredibly important step in the caring process. So in honor of National Family Caregivers and National Hospice Month, UnitedHealthcare has some steps to help make the transition to caregiver.

Get out and enjoy time together:
Go for a walk. Go to a movie. Feed the ducks at a park. Keeping active may relieve stress and can create positive new memories.
Eat Healthy:
A healthy diet can keep you sharp. Stock up on healthy snacks and prepare your own meals. Here are some simple (and delicious) recipes for you and your loved one.
Chicken Minestrone Soup 
Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Educate yourself and your family: 
Scarlet Says Goodbye Sweepstakes 
Pumpkin SmoothiesParticularly for those dealing with advanced illness or end-of-life situations, it's important to prepare yourself and your children. A new activity book, Scarlet Says Goodbye, is one tool to help educate young children with a loved one entering hospice care. The book can be downloaded for free at:
Want a chance to win a free copy of Scarlet Says Goodbye? Enter the drawing by posting about National Family Caregivers Month and submitting the link through your personal MyBlogSpark page.
Don't be afraid to ask for help:
UnitedHealthcare understands that being a caregiver can be an emotionally and financially exhausting experience. UnitedHealthcare designed Solutions for Caregivers* specifically to help alleviate both of these issues. Visit to learn about all the resources available, including other great recipes and aid in developing a care plan, built specifically for your situation.


Solutions for Caregivers assists in coordinating community and in-home resources. The final decision about your care arrangements must be made by you. In addition, the quality of a particular provider must be solely determined and monitored by you. Information provided to you about a particular provider does not imply and is in no way an endorsement of that particular provider by Solutions for Caregivers. The information on and the selection of a particular provider has been supplied by the provider and is subject to change without written consent of Solutions for Caregivers.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Subject to Official Rules. Sweepstakes begins at 12:00 am CT on 11/21/12 and ends at 11:59 pm CT on 12/15/12. Employees of UnitedHealthCare are not eligible. For Official Rules, including odds and prize descriptions, visit your personal page on

 ¹ National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP; November 2009

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