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Caring for the Caregiver

Caring for a loved one with a serious disease like cancer can be both a deeply rewarding and stressful experience. People who serve as “caregivers”—family members, close friends—are affected by their loved one’s diagnosis of cancer. Just as people with cancer appreciate the support of others, caregivers have their own needs that must be addressed.

To avoid caregiver “burn-out,” be aware of your needs and take the necessary steps to care for yourself. There are a variety of challenges caregivers face that should be recognized and addressed in an appropriate manner including:
  • Learning how to cope with a loved one who has cancer
  • Dealing with strong emotions
  • Expressing feelings in a positive way
  • Adjusting to changes in lifestyle
  • Communicating with a loved one about difficult topics (e.g., death)
  • Changes that affect sex and intimacy
  • Questioning faith and spiritual beliefs
  • Maintaining a sense of self (e.g., self-worth)
  • Coping with financial concerns
  • Handling work responsibilities
  • Planning for the future
For caregivers, finding information and support from someone else can be very helpful. The Touro Supportive Cancer Care Center offers the Caring for the Caregiver program to provide you with the information, resources, and support you need to be the best caregiver you can be.

The Caring for the Caregiver program is conducted as a face-to-face meeting over one hour. The purpose of this meeting is to help you: 

  • learn about the caregiver’s role
  • get tips for being an effective caregiver
  • receive a list of helpful resources
  • identify ways to cope with being a caregiver
  • find answers to your questions
If you are a caregiver to a spouse, family member, or close friend with cancer, recognizing how this difficult situation is affecting you is important—reaching out to find helpful information, resources, and support is vital to being an effective caregiver.

If you are a caregiver for a loved one with cancer, contact the Touro Supportive Cancer Care Center at (504) 897-8678 to receive support.

>> Click here for 10 Tips for Caregivers
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