Caregiver Support

 

Support for Family Caregivers

The Nassif Community Cancer Center makes it a priority to provide support to the family caregivers of our patients. Our programs and support services are available, not only to our patients, but also to their family caregivers.

Taking care of a loved one can be extremely rewarding. However, stress can begin to add up for you as a caregiver. You may put your own wants and needs aside to look after your loved one. It is important to realize that caring for yourself is a part of caring for your loved one and can actually allow you to be a better caregiver.

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 care/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.

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Caregiver Corner

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.

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