An important thing to understand if you are a caregiver is that you’re not alone. Being a caregiver can feel lonely, but you are not alone. In the U.S., there are approximately 52 million of us providing care to a family member or friend.
Family caregivers and friends are encouraged to attend the Caregivers Connect group at City of Hope, now offered virtually. This supportive group meets virtually every second and fourth Wednesday of each month from noon to 1:30 p.m. It is open to the community members caring for loved ones with cancer.
As you probably know, caregiving can be a challenging task. A key part of your role is to help identify and address medical symptoms or complications by using the appropriate resources, which means you have to be as informed about the diagnosis and treatment as the patient.
The Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center
A go-to support network and resource hub, the Biller Patient and Family Resource Center integrates all support services under one umbrella.
Taking care of yourself isn’t just about your well-being but about how that can translate into better care for your patient. So set time aside to relax, enjoy fun activities, connect with others or do whatever helps you feel like you’re maintaining your personal balance and recharging your emotional and physical batteries.
In addition to the extensive resources City of Hope offers directly to caregivers, outside organizations and resources provide valuable services to those entrusted with helping patients through their cancer experience.