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14 Resources for Caregivers

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Are you helping an older family member or friend with daily activities, from cooking to cleaning to managing their health? As a caregiver, you want your loved one to enjoy the best life possible. And while there are resources that can help, you may not have the time or energy to seek them out. To make it easier, we put together a list that includes:

  • Information from national and local organizations 
  • Benefits available through your BCBSRI health plan
  • Benefits available if your loved one has a BCBSRI Medicare Advantage plan, including $0 coverage for doctor visits, prescription copays, private rides, household help, and more

These tips and resources can help make life better for you and the person you’re caring for—and are available at low or no cost.

See what support may be available through their primary care provider’s (PCP) office.

If your loved one has a complicated medical condition, their PCP’s office may offer services that can help. Some offices are patient-centered medical homes (PCMH) and have a whole team to care for patients. This may include no-cost visits with a nurse for help with:

  • Developing an eating plan
  • Connecting you with community resources
  • Using medical devices at home that can provide valuable information to doctors about your loved one's chronic medical conditions

No-cost visits with a pharmacist may also be available to help manage medications, costs, and side effects.


  • $0 PCP visits at patient-centered medical homes
    If your loved one has a BCBSRI Medicare Advantage plan, call the BCBSRI Medicare Concierge team at 1-800-267-0439 (TTY: 711) for help finding a PCMH. All of our Medicare Advantage plans—including our HealthMate for Medicare (PPO) plan and our $0 premium BlueCHiP for Medicare Value (HMO-POS) plan—offer $0 primary care provider visits at PCMHs.
  • $0 BCBSRI nurse and/or dietitian sessions
    If your loved one doesn’t belong to a PCMH, the BCBSRI Care Management program offers similar services and is available at no additional cost if they have a BCBSRI health plan.1 (You can also use this service for your own health.) Sessions are available over the phone, via video, or in a Your Blue Store location. To get started, call 1-844-563-0892 or email

Look for ways to divide the rides.

If your loved one no longer drives, it can be a challenge to take them everywhere they need to go. To give you more time and flexibility, ask family and friends for assistance (or take them up on their offers to help). You can also look for assistance through government programs and Medicare Advantage plans.


  • Reduced-cost public transportation
    Reduced fares may be available for seniors through public transportation, including in Rhode Island. Through the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities that prevent the use of fixed-route buses can receive door-to-door service. Find out about the program in Rhode Island or locate your local public transit.
  • $0 private rides
    If your loved one has a BCBSRI Medicare Advantage plan, they can get no-cost private rides2 to and from doctors appointments as well as places that support their health and well-being, such as senior and community centers, libraries, and Your Blue Store locations.
  • $0 mail order drugs
    You can reduce trips to the pharmacy and may save money by encouraging your loved one to have their drugs delivered by mail. With a BCBSRI Medicare Advantage plan, they’ll pay $0 for a 90-supply of many generic drugs.

Make the most of programs and benefits that pay.

Taking care of a family member or friend can be emotionally, physically, and financially stressful. While some programs help save you money, others may reimburse you for caregiving or help your loved one pay for household items. 


  • Government programs that pay caregivers 
    Many government programs allow family members of veterans and people with disabilities to get paid for caring for them. Learn about these programs to see if you may qualify.
  • $50 caregiver reimbursement
    If you are caring for someone who is enrolled in certain BCBSRI Medicare Advantage plans3, they can give you $50/year for help with basic household and/or transportation assistance.
  • Over-the-counter benefit of $60/quarter or more
    If your loved one has a BCBSRI Medicare Advantage plan, they can get $60/quarter or more to spend on everyday health items—from cold remedies to blood pressure monitors to canes. 

Get help right at home.

It may be easier when help comes to the house. For information on what home care programs are available where you live as well as other programs for older adults, visit the Eldercare Locator website or call 1-800-677-1116. This public service of the Administration on Aging connects older Americans and their caregivers with local support services.


  • Support from your local agency on aging
    Through The Point—which is part of the RI Office of Healthy Aging—you can talk with a specialist and get connected to resources for free. You can get help with applying for public and private programs. Visit The Point website or call (401) 462-4444. Live outside of Rhode Island? Enter your zip code on the Eldercare Locator website to find your local agency. You’ll also find many caregiver resources on that page.
  • $0 household help
    If your loved one has a BCBSRI Medicare Advantage plan, they can get hands-on help right at home. Trained “helpers” can provide support with everyday household chores like changing light bulbs, connecting Wi-Fi, and running errands as well as companionship, such as taking a walk or playing a game.
  • $0 meal delivery after a hospital stay
    After your loved one leaves the hospital or a skilled nursing facility, the last thing you want to worry about is cooking. With a BCBSRI Medicare Advantage plan, your loved one can get freshly prepared meals delivered for $0.

Take care of yourself.

Are you feeling worried and overwhelmed? Tired and stressed? It’s easy to become so focused on the needs of your loved one that you don’t realize the toll it’s taking on you. Eating well, sleeping enough, and exercising can help you feel better and avoid burnout. 


  • $0 fitness class at Your Blue Store 
    As a caregiver, you may not have time to get to a Your Blue Store location (or a gym). You can do classes on your own time by watching videos of these classes on the BCBSRI Facebook page. If you can fit in a live class, sign up for your favorite.
  • $0 in-network yearly checkup 
    Don’t miss out on this annual visit, which helps your primary care provider focus on keeping you well and preventing future health problems. When you see a provider in the BCBSRI network, the checkup is covered at no additional cost to you. 
  • Take 5 for You
    Five minutes can make a big difference in your health. That’s the idea behind Take 5 for You—small steps that can help improve your mental, physical, and financial health. See them all on our Take 5 page

1Care Management is not available for Plan 65 members. 
2Available within our service area for HMO & HMO-POS plans only/PPO plan has out-of-service benefit of 50% coinsurance/trip. Any trip over 20 miles will count as additional trips and will be subtracted from your 24 trip total. Call 1-833-972-2774 or visit to set up a ride.
3Available with BlueCHiP for Medicare Value (HMO-POS) and HealthMate for Medicare (PPO).
4Get a week's worth of meals delivered to your door up to four times a year when you get home from an inpatient hospital stay or skilled nursing facility (SNF).