As a caregiver, you want to help your loved one remain as independent as possible. Activity and independence are good for the body and mind.
Let your loved one do what he can on his own. Support hobbies and social engagements. Encourage him to take care of his current health needs and take advantage of Medicare-covered screenings to catch health problems early. Respect his opinions, and be aware that your loved one may be sensitive about his limitations.
To find out what preventive care services Medicare covers, click on the link in the GO TO box
Remember that there are many options between staying at home and going to a “home”, a benefit only covered by Medicare when your loved one requires substantial medical attention.
You can brainstorm together about minor modifications that could make daily activities more manageable. Living spaces can often be renovated to accommodate disabilities. You can also find out whether there are other people or programs in the area that may be able to help your loved one with things like transportation and meals.
For more information on what kind of home care Medicare will cover, click on the NEXT button.
To find out when Medicare will pay for your loved one to get care in a skilled nursing facility, click on the link in the GO TO box.
To find out more about long-term care, click on “How can I get coverage for my long-term care needs?” in the GO TO box.