What do we mean when we say caregivers?

Every care situation is different — and so is every caregiver. You may be a caregiver for someone who is a close friend or family member, or it may be someone you feel responsible to help. Maybe caregiving is something you’ve known was coming for quite a while, or maybe it came as a surprise.

Caregiving is a wide-ranging spectrum that covers all kinds of care. We define a caregiver as a family member, friend or neighbor who provides unpaid assistance with activities of daily living and/or medical tasks. 

How can caregivers get support?

Whether you’re a new caregiver or have been caregiving for a while, there are many resources that can help you understand your caregiving role and plan ahead for what’s to come. As you find more information and support, you may feel:

  • More ready for the future
  • Able to take care of yourself
  • Aware of how to navigate the practical and emotional path of caregiving

Our Care Guides can help you get started. These guides include resources and tips to help support you on your caregiving journey. 

In addition to the guides, our Care Organizer can help you stay organized, and keep all of the important information you need in one place, when you need it.

Can caregivers get support through insurance?

If the person you’re caring for has UnitedHealthcare insurance, there are a variety of programs to help support caregivers. 

  • Medicare Made Clear offers explanations and guidance on how Medicare works and what’s covered
  • Pharmacy Locator helps you find convenient pharmacy locations across the country — and with some plans, you can also choose home mail delivery
  • Drug Cost Estimator helps you estimate your drug costs
  • Just Plain Clear® glossary includes thousands of health care terms defined in plain, clear language to help you make informed decisions

How can caregivers get pharmacy help?

Managing prescription drugs can be complicated when you're a caregiver. Common concerns might be:

  • Keeping track of how to take medications correctly
  • Getting prescriptions filled and understanding coverage

How to find local and national caregiver resources

There's a wide range of caregiver resources and programs that are available through both national and local organizations. You can find caregiver support groups and events, home care services, respite care, adult day centers, geriatric case managers and more. 

Find caregiver programs, events and resources near you

Look into national programs and organizations that offer caregiver support

  • National Alliance for Caregiving is dedicated to improving quality of life for friend and family caregivers and those in their care
  • AARP Caregiving resources that help with navigating the role of a family caregiver
  • Caregiver Action Network works to improve the quality of life for those who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease or the frailties of old age
  • Family Voices focuses on advocacy and support for caregivers of children and youth with special needs