Here for those who care.
We make it a priority to provide support to the family caregivers of our patients. That’s why our programs and support services are available not only to our patients, but to their family caregivers as well.
Taking care of a loved one can be as rewarding as it is stressful. You may put your own wants and needs aside to look after your loved one. But caring for yourself can allow you to be a better caregiver for your loved one.
Caring for the Caregiver
When someone is diagnosed with cancer, family members and other loved ones often take on various caregiving roles: going to appointments, helping with day-to-day tasks, helping coordinate services, and providing emotional support. Research shows family members provide 75-80% of care to patients. However, over 50% of caregivers report their health and quality of life is diminished.
Taking responsibility for your own care is not selfish. It is a part of your job as a caregiver to take care of yourself too. Do not hold yourself to an unrealistic standard of being able to “do it all.” Recognize the good you do and remember what you need to renew yourself as well, so that you may continue as a source of compassionate care for your loved one.
Self-care practices to maintain your health:
- Learn and use stress reduction techniques
- Get proper rest and nutrition
- Exercise regularly
- Take time away
- Seek and accept the support of others
- Seek supportive counseling or talk to a trusted friend
Contact our Oncology Social Worker for support:
Making the Adjustment:
From Giving Care to Accepting Care
For those who are caring for someone else when diagnosed with cancer, the transition from being someone else’s caregiver to being the one needing care is hard and brings its own set of stressors.
Cancer Caregiver Websites
- American Cancer Society
- National Cancer Institute
- The National Comprehensive Cancer Network
- LIVESTRONG Foundation
General Caregiver Resources
- Family Caregiver Alliance
- National Allegiance for Caregiving
- National Family Caregivers Association
- Well Spouse Association