Appoint a Representative to Manage Your Health Plan

Choose someone you trust to help access or manage your health plan; just complete the Authorization to Use or Disclose Protective Health Information Form. You can choose to have a representative (e.g., spouse, family member, caregiver) speak with us on your behalf. Just complete the form and renew it every year; just complete the form and…

Six Spiritual Principles of Caregiving

So few hours in the day, and so much to do — both personally and professionally. Family caregivers can often feel lost in the caregiving journey.  These principles for self-care offer some suggestions on how you can take care of yourself and, in the process, help you best take care of others. Take Care of Yourself…

Winter Storm Tips for Family Caregivers

Being ready for a winter storm is especially important for caregivers who are responsible for their loved ones. Here are some things that you can do to be prepared: Don’t hesitate to reach out to your relatives, neighbors, friends, medical team and spiritual family for help and be specific about what they can do. Make…

A Caregiver’s Checklist

November is National Family Caregivers Month. Nearly 50 million Americans will provide care to a chronically ill, aged or disabled family member in any given year, meaning we may all be family caregivers at some point. When it comes time for you to lend a helping hand, here is a list of questions to ask when…

Care for the Family Caregiver Initiative Hosts First Panel Discussion

Yesterday, EmblemHealth’s Care for the Family Caregiver Initiative hosted its first Caregiver Panel discussion for Emblem employees. Members of the New York City Partnership for Family Caregiver Corps (NYCP4FC) discussed the challenges associated with becoming a family caregiver, and in an effort to prevent caregivers from becoming care recipients, offered strategies to help manage the…

Put Your Wishes Into Words

Accidents and illnesses aren’t age dependent. People of all ages should make their medical wishes known with an advance directive, a legal document that provides directions for your family and caregivers if you are unable to express your wishes for medical or end-of-life care…

EmblemHealth’s Gregory Johnson in Real Simple Magazine

In a recent article from Real Simple magazine, EmblemHealth’s Gregory Johnson, senior advisor for family caregiving, was interviewed for some caregiving tips. He suggests a simple thank you is one of the best things you can do. “Caregivers regularly burst into tears when I thank them for what they’re doing—because it’s the first time anyone…

The Gifts of Family Caregiving

In this last video from the series, “You Are Not Alone,’ EmblemHealth’s Greg Johnson explains how you can use your caregiver expertise to plan ahead for your own future caregiving needs. To learn more about EmblemHealth’s Caregiving initiative…

Grief

EmblemHealth’s Greg Johnson discusses the various  resources available to help you with the grief of losing someone you are caring for. This is the seventh video from the series, “You Are Not Alone.” To learn more about EmblemHealth’s Caregiving initiative, see a related article, “Silent Patients” and watch the previous episodes in the series,“You Are…

Maintaining the Spiritual

In this sixth video from the series, “You Are Not Alone,” EmblemHealth’s Greg Johnson expands on how spiritual guidance can help you walk with the care recipient — not into their lives.

Maintaining the Emotional

Watch the fifth video from the series, “You Are Not Alone,” and learn how professional support groups are available to help you maintain your emotional balance while caring for a loved one.

To learn more about EmblemHealth’s Caregiving initiative, see…

Maintaining the Physical

In this fourth video from the series, “You Are Not Alone,” EmblemHealth’s Greg Johnson, details the many resources that can help make caring for yourself and others easier. To learn more about EmblemHealth’s Caregiving initiative, see a related article, “Silent Patients” and watch the previous episodes in the series,“You Are Not Alone.”

The Many Faces of Family Caregiving

A family caregiver can be anyone: male or female, and of any age or background. In this third video from the series, “You Are Not Alone,” EmblemHealth’s Gregory Johnson explains the many faces of caregiving. To learn more about EmblemHealth’s Caregiving initiative, see a related article, “Silent Patients” and watch the previous episodes in the…

Families of Origin, Families of Choice

We are all part of a family, whether it’s a family of origin (relatives) or a family of choice (friends, neighbors, social group). Watch the second video in the series, “You Are Not Alone” with EmblemHealth’s Gregory Johnson. He builds upon what a family of choice really means and how these special individuals can make…

Celebrating a Life’s Work with Family Caregiving

EmblemHealth congratulates Rev. Gregory L. Johnson, senior advisor for family caregiving: office of the CEO, who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network’s (HCCN) annual Wholeness of Life Gala on November 5…

You Are Not Alone: Introduction to the World of Family Caregiving

“You Are Not Alone” is a video series from Care for the Family Caregiver. This video series contains eight 10-minute conversations with EmblemHealth’s Gregory Johnson, Senior Advisor for Family Caregiving; Office of the CEO. This first video in the series explores what caregiving means and how the family caregiver, also known as the “silent patient,”…

The Silent Patients

By Gregory Johnson, Senior Advisor for Family Caregiving; Office of the CEO

November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to honor and reflect on the often forgotten or silent patients: caregivers. Research shows that the burdens of being an unpaid family caregiver…

New York State Passes CARE Act

New York State recently passed the CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act, which will go into effect late April 2016. It requires general hospitals to allow patients an opportunity to designate — upon admission to a hospital — a caregiver in the their medical record. It also requires the hospital to notify and offer to…

" I am thrilled that Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center is able to collaborate with EmblemHealth as we move forward with a new initiative focusing on family caregivers. We already have learned so much from the work of Greg Johnson, who provided the leadership that has made the family caregiver program at EmblemHealth so outstanding, and we are confident that there is even more we can learn together that will improve the lives of family caregivers and those for whom they care. "W. Daniel Hale, Ph.D. Special Advisor, Office of the President Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Assistant Professor of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Faith in Action — A Celebration of Family Caregiving

EmblemHealth has been a leader in the arena of family caregiving. Our innovative Care for the Family Caregiver Program — introduced over a decade ago — serves the growing community of nonprofessionals who provide unpaid care to their loved ones, often at great personal cost. Today, our work is local, national and international, not only…