11 Jul A Helping Hand for the Care Giver
Being a primary caretaker for a loved one with cancer is a wonderful gift. It is, however, a gift that can be overwhelming at times.
Feelings of entrapment and/ or depression are common for primary caregivers. Feeling this way is not something to be ashamed of. You are doing a great job. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Sometimes taking some time off is beneficial both for yourself and for the person you are caring for. If you have a chance to reset, you can return clearer and more able to help.
If you require a helping hand there are options available for you:
- Memorial Sloan Kettering Center offers a private duty nurse or companion in New York State: https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/patient-education/ordering-private-duty-nurse-companion
- com provides a list of home health care providers. Search through their database to find health care providers in your location that suit your needs: http://www.knowcancer.com/home-health-care/
- The American Cancer Society offers various programs and services for cancer patients and their caregivers: https://www.cancer.org/treatment/caregivers.html
- Help for cancer caregivers offers a personal care guide tailored to you, based on your answers on six questions: https://www.helpforcancercaregivers.org/
- Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center also offers caregiver support through services, support groups and help at home. Find out more about the options here: https://www.helpforcancercaregivers.org/
Author: Mary-Anne Elizabeth Wright