A caregiver is someone who is helping a loved one through cancer and cancer treatment. Responsibilities may include attending medical appointments with the patient, managing household duties (cooking, cleaning, errands, etc.), taking care of finances and just simply being there for the patient. Being a caregiver can be extremely rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming at times.
At Hulston Cancer Center, we recognize that our patients' caregivers are important members of the care team. That is why we strive to provide support and resources to those who are committed to helping patients through their journey with cancer.
The Allenbrand Resource Center offers several books available for free checkout. Among the titles are:
- 100 Questions & Answers About Caring for Family and Friends With Cancer by Susannah L. Rose, MSSW and Richard T. Hara, PhD
- Facing Cancer Together by Pamela N. Brown
- The Husband’s Guide to Cancer Survival by Mark Elliott Miller, MPH
- When Life Becomes Precious: A Guide for Loved Ones and Friends of Cancer Patients by Elise Nee Dell Babcock
Our Caregivers Support Group, tailored specifically for caregivers of cancer patients, meets monthly on the first Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in the Patient Classroom, Ste. 200 in Hulston Cancer Center. In addition to our monthly support group, caregiver education programs are held twice a year to more fully explore the needs of caregivers.
Many organizations offer support for caregivers by providing caregiving tips, online support groups and more:
National Alliance for Caregiving
National Family Caregivers Association
Contact the Allenbrand Resource Center at 417/269-5257 for more information.