Resources for Caregivers of Medicare Members

Caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but it can be tough to balance priorities. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is ready to help. We have the tools and resources you need for your unique situation.

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Frequently asked questions

If your care recipient wants you to help them with their Medicare coverage, you should fill this form out together: Appointment of Representative Form (PDF).

It allows you to file an appeal, make a complaint or ask for a coverage decision on their behalf.

If you have a power of attorney agreement, you won't need this form.

Learn more about acting on someone else's behalf and where to send the form.

An advance directive makes sure everyone understands a person's medical wishes.

It's a legal document that details their choices for different situations. It also authorizes someone, like a caregiver, as a medical decision-maker.

Having an advance directive may make things easier for your loved one, medical professionals and you, but it's not required. No one can force someone to have one.

Your care recipient should talk to their doctor if they want to file an advance directive. They can help your loved one understand future medical decisions they should consider.

Need durable medical equipment?

Sometimes your loved one might need equipment, like a walker, to recover or manage a condition. Usually, their Medicare plan will help pay for it.
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Services and support in your area

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Difficult conversations with aging parents

It can be an emotional exchange but it's important to discuss end-of-life planning.

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A five-step action plan for caregivers

A simple plan can help you get your bearings and make your role as a caretaker a little easier.

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Get more tips and advice on caregiving from the MI Blues Perspectives blog.

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