This is one of the last photos I have of my dad. Just over 3 years ago, he passed away. It was an incredibly difficult time for me, compounded by the fact that I couldn’t be there to help care for him. Thanks to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield for sponsoring this post.
I did feel lucky, though, because he had helpers who supported him through his illness. It was a huge weight off my shoulders knowing that I could send along healthy recipes for them to make together, or that he had someone around to keep the house clean or run him to the doctor.
My dad has long since passed, but I think about what I learned about his care and look at my grandparents. They are vibrant and healthy and full of life! I take what I’ve learned from caring for my dad in whatever capacity I could, and I want to do better.
It’s one of the reasons I look to companies like Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Georgia. They offer access to personal helper services for when family can’t pitch in, and I’m so comforted knowing my grandparents will be in good hands should the need arise.
More than that, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Georgia, along with other Anthem, Inc.-affiliated health plans, is expanding its 2019 Medicare Advantage offerings with the addition of Essential Extras. This means that people like my grandparents will have even fewer barriers to stay healthy and happy with the option to choose from extra services like healthy food delivery after returning from the hospital, health-related transportation, and personal home helpers.
When my dad was sick, these types of extras, though provided by family, were his lifeline to care and the outside world.
For healthy, active seniors like my grandparents, these services keep them living a full and vibrant life. Anthem is committed to helping people live better, plain and simple. Affordable access to this kind of care allows them to engage with their communities, better manage chronic conditions, and even avoid preventable accidents.
So as the new year begins, I sit and reflect on how healthcare is changing since my dad’s ordeal, and I can be happy. As Anthem listens to the wants and needs of families and their loved ones, I see more hope as they age. I see hope for them, and I feel comfort for myself and my family.
This post was written by me on behalf of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.