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My spouse can no longer care for himself fulltime. While I’m happy I’m able to help him, sometimes I’m overwhelmed and exhausted. Does Florida Blue have resources to help me?

Taking full-time care of a loved one is an important job, and it can be a very rewarding one, too. But it can also take a toll on your health. No matter how much you need to do or how much help your loved one needs, it’s important to take care of yourself – both physically and mentally.

  • Take time for yourself: Even a few minutes of rest or doing something that you enjoy can be re-energizing and help you better manage the day.
  • Manage your stress: If you’re feeling anxious or stressed, think about the reason and take a break from it if you can. Simple steps like taking a walk can help you feel more in control.
  • Ask for help: Don’t feel guilty for needing help and asking for it. Think of what you need help with and break it into simple tasks so it’s easier to parcel out for others to assist.
  • Exercise and eat well: Staying active and getting proper nutrition can work wonders for your overall well-being. If you don’t have a workout routine, start with short walks. Drink plenty of water and eat more whole foods like fruits and vegetables.
  • Don’t skip your own medical care: Make sure you take care of your own health by keeping up with your regular appointments like annual checkups. 
  • Confide in others: It’s important to talk to someone you trust (like your doctor or a friend) about how you’re feeling. You can also seek out other caregivers via local or online support groups to share experiences and advice.

Use Our Resources

Call a local Florida Blue Center (1-877-352-5830) to speak with one of our neighborhood nurses or community specialists for one-on-one support. They’re available to help anyone Monday through Friday, 9 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm. 

For more help, including information and links to other resources for caregivers, visit the Florida Blue Caregiving site:

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