New Orleans Family & Caregiver Resources
Support for the families of cancer patients
Touro supports families who experience cancer with their loved ones.If you are caring for someone you love, you are a “caregiver.” You may not think of yourself as a caregiver, but you are. There are different types of caregivers – some are family members, others are friends. Every situation is unique so there are different ways to provide care. Remember, there is not one way that works best.
Caregiving can involve many tasks such as:
- Helping with daily activities
- Providing emotional and spiritual support
- Just being there
These are some of the most important things a caregiver can do to help a loved one with cancer. Caregivers often put their own feelings and needs aside. They try to focus on their loved one and the many tasks of caregiving. This may be fine for a little while, but it can be hard to keep this up for a long period of time and it’s not good for your health. If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to care for your loved one. As a caregiver, it’s important that you take care of you! That is where our Caring for the Caregiver program can help.
Caring for the caregiver
Caring for a loved one with a serious disease like cancer can be stressful. People who serve as caregivers 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 which 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 504.210.4475 for support.