Taking Care of Yourself: Tips for Caregivers

Taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do as a caregiver. Make sure you’re eating healthybeing active and taking time for yourself.

Dealing with Feelings of Frustration and Guilt

Caregiving, especially from a distance, is likely to bring out many different emotions, both positive and negative. Feeling frustrated and angry with everyone, from the care recipient to the doctors, is a common experience. Anger could be a sign that you are overwhelmed or that you are trying to do too much. If you can, give yourself a break: take a walk, talk with your friends, get some sleep — try to do something for yourself.

Although they may not feel as physically exhausted and drained as the primary, hands-on caregiver, long-distance caregivers may still be worried and anxious. Sometimes, long-distance caregivers feel guilty about not being closer, not doing enough, not having enough time with the person, and perhaps even feeling jealous of those who do. Many long-distance caregivers also find that worrying about being able to afford to take time off from work, being away from family, or the cost of travel increases these frustrations. Remember that you are doing the best you can given the circumstances and that you can only do what you can do. It may help to know that these are feelings shared by many other long-distance caregivers — you are not alone in this.

Taking Care of Yourself

Taking care of yourself if one of the most important things you can do as a caregiver. Make sure you are making time for yourself, eating healthy foods and being active. Consider joining a caregiver support group, either in your own community or online. Meeting other caregivers can relieve your sense of isolation and will give you a chance to exchange stories and ideas. If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it.

Caregiving is not easy for anyone — not for the caregiver and not for the care recipient. There are sacrifices and adjustments for everyone. When you don’t live where the care is needed, it may be especially hard to feel that what you are doing is enough and that what you are doing is important. It often is.

Learn about sharing caregiving responsibilities with friends and family.

Source: National Institute on Aging, Taking Care of Yourself: Tips for Caregivers, retrieved 11/11/2019, from https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/taking-care-yourself-tips-caregivers

Business Health Trust members enrolled in an Industry Health Trust have access to up to three in-person visits with a counselor through Wellspring EAP. For more information on the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Business Health Trust, view the plan summary.

If you would like to access your Wellspring EAP benefits, go to WellspringEAP.org; or to purchase Wellspring EAP services, email info@businesshealthtrust.com.

Prepare for Flu Season with Business Health Trust

With cold and flu season just getting started, now is the time to get your flu shot if you haven’t already. It’s easy to do if you’re enrolled in Business Health Trust’s medical coverage through Premera Blue Cross or Kaiser Permanente.

Kaiser Permanente

For Business Health Trust members enrolled in medical with Kaiser Permanente, the flu vaccine is covered as an in-network preventive service for all Kaiser Permanente members; deductibles and coinsurance my apply.

Flu vaccinations are available at all Kaiser Permanente medical offices. Get your vaccine during a regular appointment, or drop by your clinic between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (some injection rooms are closed at lunchtime). You can also get your vaccine at a CareClinic inside several Bartell Drugs locations.

Learn more about Immunizations, vaccinations, and shots: What they are and how they can save your life.

Premera Blue Cross

For Business Health Trust members enrolled in medical with Premera Blue Cross, your flu shot is free* if you go to an in-network doctor or pharmacy. Employers can make it even easier to support a healthy workplace by setting up an on-site flu shot clinic.

Not sure whether the flu vaccine is for you? Read these 5 popular myths about the flu shot.

*If the flu shot is your only reason for your office visit, the visit will be fully covered. If you have other care or services as part of the office visit, you may responsible for all or part of the cost of the visit. You may need to pay up-front at your pharmacy. Go to premera.com to download and submit a medical claim form to be reimbursed.

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Event: Architecture and Design in a Growing City

The city of Seattle has had a decade of record-breaking growth. How is our architecture industry evolving to keep up?

Join the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce at the next Executive Speaker Series lunch event on Architecture and Design in a Growing City. You’ll hear from a panel of experts about trends in the industry, how businesses and employees benefit from intentional design, and why architecture matters as our city takes its place on the global stage.

  • Date: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019
  • Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Microsoft Events Center at the Seattle Metro Chamber
  • Address: 1301 5th Ave, Ste 1500, Seattle, WA, 98101
  • Cost: $45 pre-paid ($55 as of 10/26) for members; $70 pre-paid ($110 as of 10/26) for nonmembers
  • Questions: Contact Betsy Paige at 206-389-7345

The discussion will be moderated by Jonathan Bahe, an architect and senior associate with NBBJ. NBBJ was named among the most innovative architecture firms by Fast Company three times in the past five years. Panelists include:

  • Brendan Connolly, Partner at Mithun
  • Matt Hutchins, Principal at CAST Architecture
  • Grace Kim, Founding Principal at Schemata Workshop

About the Executive Speaker Series
Our monthly Executive Speaker Series events each focus on a unique industry and feature top business leaders who discuss the successes, challenges, and opportunities facing their sector.

The Seattle Chamber is the plan sponsor of Business Health Trust.

Savor the Immune-Boosting Flavors of Fall with Our Healthy Living E-Newsletter

The falling leaves of autumn are a good excuse to head outside to enjoy the season, as well as a reminder to take advantage of the bountiful harvest that awaits. This month’s edition of Healthy Living with Business Health Trust features the flavors of fall with an immune-boosting Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili along with tips to help you manage your sugar cravings — just in time for the holidays!

If you’re not already a subscriber, click here to receive our wellness tips in your inbox each month and see past editions.

Business Health Trust Now Offered Through Yakima and Thurston Chambers

Business Health Trust partners with regional chambers and business associations throughout Washington state to help their member companies offer quality, affordable employee benefits like health insurance.

In an effort to continue to expand access to our robust program offerings, we’re excited to announce the addition of two more regional Chambers of Commerce:

The Thurston County Chamber of Commerce and Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce join a diverse list of Business Health Trust partner associations that includes:

You can join any of these partner associations, regardless of where your business is located, which will automatically qualify you for one of our 13 Industry group memberships (at no additional cost), and all the advocacy, resources and savings that go along with it.

Business Health Trust makes joining your chosen partner association easy and part of your enrollment, just choose your association when you sign up. If your business is outside one of these regions, you can still be covered by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Learn more about Business Health Trust and its partners via the Who We Are page.

Suicide Prevention Awareness

If you or someone you know is in an emergency you can:

  • Call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Text “HOME” to the Crisis Text Line at 741741
  • Call 911 immediately

Suicide warning signs:

The more warning signs, the greater the risk of suicide.

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated, or reckless
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Having extreme mood swings
  • Giving away belongings, including treasured objects

Here are 5 steps you can take to be the one to help someone in emotional pain:

  1. ASK: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It’s not an easy question but studies show that asking at-risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.
  2. KEEP THEM SAFE: Reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal items or places is an important part of suicide prevention. While this is not always easy, asking if the at-risk person has a plan and removing or disabling the lethal means can make a difference.
  3. BE THERE: Listen carefully and learn what the individual is thinking and feeling. Research suggests acknowledging and talking about suicide may, in fact, reduce rather than increase suicidal thoughts.
  4. HELP THEM CONNECT: Save the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s number in your phone so it’s there when you need it: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can also help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual advisor, or mental health professional.
  5. STAY CONNECTED: Staying in touch after a crisis or after being discharged from care can make a difference. Studies have shown the number of suicide deaths goes down when someone follows up with the at-risk person.

Source: Suicide Prevention, National Institutes of Mental Health, retrieved from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/index.shtml on September 9, 2019

Business Health Trust members enrolled in an Industry Health Trust have access to up to three in-person visits with a counselor through Wellspring EAP. For more information on the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Business Health Trust, view the plan summary.

If you would like to access your Wellspring EAP benefits, go to WellspringEAP.org; or to purchase Wellspring EAP services, email info@businesshealthtrust.com.

Event: All-Chamber After Hours on Oct. 10

Hang out with 300+ networkers and local business organizations at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s 15th annual All-Chamber After Hours! Hear about what these groups are doing in the community and learn how you can get involved, all while enjoying tasty apps and drinks, fun, and entertainment at Maslow’s by FareStart.

  • Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Maslow’s by FareStart
  • Address: 380 Boren Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98109 (Get Directions)
  • Cost: $20 pre-paid ($30 as of 10/3) for members; $30 pre-paid ($60 as of 10/3) for non-members
  • Additional Information: This event is 21 and over
  • Questions: Contact Betsy Paige at 206-389-7345

The Seattle Chamber is the plan sponsor of Business Health Trust.

Get Tips to Maximize Your Time and Prioritize Self-Care in our Monthly E-News

If you sometimes wish there were more than 24 hours in a day, it’ll be worth your time to check out this month’s Healthy Living with Business Health Trust e-newsletter.

We make it easy to put your self-care first with virtual care offerings from our wellness partners at Premera Blue Cross and Kaiser Permanente, along with myriad self-help and stress-management resources through Wellspring EAP, including a webinar debuting this month on Effective Time Management. We hope you’ll make time for Healthy Living so that you can better maximize your time and improve your overall wellness!

If you’re not already a subscriber, click here to receive our wellness tips in your inbox each month and see past editions.

Warning Signs of Identity Theft

What Do Thieves Do With Your Information?

Once identity thieves have your personal information, they can drain your bank account, run up charges on your credit cards, open new utility accounts, or get medical treatment on your health insurance. An identity thief can file a tax refund in your name and get your refund. In some extreme cases, a thief might even give your name to the police during an arrest.

Clues That Someone Has Stolen Your Information:

  • You see withdrawals from your bank account that you can’t explain.
  • You don’t get your bills or other mail.
  • Merchants refuse your checks.
  • Debt collectors call you about debts that aren’t yours.
  • You find unfamiliar accounts or charges on your credit report.
  • Medical providers bill you for services you didn’t use.
  • Your health plan rejects your legitimate medical claim because the records show you’ve reached your benefits limit.
  • A health plan won’t cover you because your medical records show a condition you don’t have.
  • The IRS notifies you that more than one tax return was filed in your name, or that you have income from an employer you don’t work for.
  • You get a notice that your information was compromised by a data breach at a company where you do business or have an account.

If your wallet, Social Security number, or other personal information is lost or stolen, there are steps you can take to help protect yourself from identity theft.

Source: Federal Trade Commission, Warning Signs of Identity Theft, retrieved from https://www.identitytheft.gov/Warning-Signs-of-Identity-Theft on August 21, 2019

Business Health Trust members enrolled in medical through Premera Blue Cross have access to up to three in-person visits with a counselor through Wellspring EAP. For more information on the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Business Health Trust, view the plan summary.

If you would like to access your Wellspring EAP benefits, go to WellspringEAP.org; or to purchase Wellspring EAP services, email info@businesshealthtrust.com.

Avoid the Emergency Room – Get Preventive Dental Visits

Preventive dental care isn’t only about keeping your smile perfect — it’s also about saving you money and time.

The time it takes to see a doctor in an emergency room can last anywhere from 30 minutes to hours at a time. Even so, 79 percent of people who go to the emergency room seeking dental-related care will be told to visit a dental office.

Research shows that if these emergency room visits were replaced with preventive care visits, there would be a savings of nearly $1.7 million dollars per year — enough to put toward dental premiums or other treatment.

Business Health Trust members enrolled in dental benefits through Delta Dental of Washington can get preventive care started with MySmile. Use your MySmile account to:

  • Find a dentist near you
  • Check your benefits
  • Get treatment estimates
  • View treatment history

For more oral health tips, visit Delta Dental of Washington’s oral health blog.