Humana Military Beneficiary

Caring for the caregiver

Caring for a wounded hero can be demanding physically, psychologically and financially. Oftentimes caregivers also have many other responsibilities, such as work, managing bills, and taking care of children. Caregivers tend to spend long hours caring for their loved one and neglect their own personal health.

Services

Respite Care may be available to those who qualify. It is short-term care for a patient intended to provide a break for the primary care giver.

Make time for yourself

  • Find nice things you can do for yourself. Even just a few minutes can help.
  • Be active. Light exercises such as walking, stretching or dancing can make you less tired.
  • Find ways to connect with friends. Are there places you can meet others who are close to you? Can you chat or get support by phone or email?
  • Give yourself time off. Ask friends or family members to pitch in. Take time to rest.
  • Do something for yourself each day.

Join a caregiver support group
In a support group for caregivers, you can talk things over with other caregivers. People may talk about their feelings and trade advice. Others may just want to listen. This could give you some ideas for coping. It may also help you know you aren't alone.

Our printable Wounded Warrior Caregiver Guide features tips, important phone numbers and resources to help make life easier.