HCT Discharge Class for Caregivers

It can be stressful to care for someone after they receive a Hematopoietic Cell Transplant (HCT). This class helps caregivers get ready to take the patient home safely. You will learn ways to prepare your home, take care of your loved one and keep up your well-being as a caregiver (self-care).  

The class is taught by a Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Nurse. Both are experts in oncology and have taught hundreds of caregivers. They developed the class with a wonderful team that included hematology physicians, dietitians, occupational therapists, and a health educator. 

The clinical social worker will discuss:  
  • Self-care practices
  • Changes in relationships
  • Intimacy and sexual activity
  • Communication with the medical team
  • Caregiver resources 
The registered nurse will discuss: 
  • How to prepare your home
  • Pet safety
  • Staying social
  • Food safety
  • Nutrition
  • Infection precautions
  • Medication management
  • Daily health assessment
  • Graft versus host disease
Caregivers who took the class shared that they felt ready to care for their loved ones and had more awareness of their own needs. 

Download the class presentation

Descargue la presentacion de la clase


To get a hard copy, you can go to the Biller Patient and Family Resource Center or call the Clinical Social Work office at 626-218-2282 and ask the patient’s primary social worker to mail you a copy.  

How to Attend the Class

The class is designed for caregivers of a patient who is already admitted for a transplant. We encourage you to join our classes if you can.
  • The English class is offered two times a month, virtually:
    • First and third Wednesday of the month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • The Spanish class is held once a month, virtually:
    • Third Tuesday of the month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.