Family caregivers play a critical role in the wellbeing of their loved ones. Caregivers’ ability to find, understand, and use health information influences efficacy of care. This is often referred to as caregiver health literacy.
Caregiver health literacy involves a set of actions and decisions that impact care and finances. For example, evaluating mom’s insurance plan might require calculations (i.e. premiums, copays, and deductibles) based on providers and prescriptions and a new diabetes diagnosis.
In the maze of the healthcare system, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Low caregiver health literacy has the potential to negatively impact health outcomes and may worsen and increase the caregiver burden. We wanted to share some health literacy tips for family caregivers.
When it comes to caring for your loved ones:
- Educate yourself! Learn about treatments and options - Involve family and friends as much as possible - Take care of yourself! Talk with a support group or therapist - Ask questions! Feel empowered to push back and ask “why” - If confused, ask for information to be explained again - Request an interpreter if needed - Speak up if unhappy with your loved one’s care
Lean on Wellthy Care Coordinators to help:
- Prepare questions for appointments - Gather information and conduct research - Be available as an advocate - Join calls with providers - Capture notes and provide a summary recap - Keep family and providers up-to-date - Organize medication list and important documents
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