Caregiver Support to Loved One With Cancer

Caregiver Support to Loved One With Cancer

Posted on May 28, 2014 by ElderCare Resources Phoenix in Blog, Caregiver Education, Education, Home Care Non-Medical

What are some practical ways a caregiver can provide support to someone who’s recently been diagnosed with cancer?

Caregivers may provide help to their loved ones by providing emotional, spiritual and physical support. Many people who have been recently diagnosed with cancer feel stressed, frightened and depressed. They may not sleep well and may experience extreme fatigue. A caregiver can help by lending a listening ear, or praying for their loved one. Making a meal or volunteering to do house work or yard work can be very helpful, especially when the most routine of tasks can physically drain a person going through a recent diagnosis of cancer. However, it’s also important that caregivers remember to take time to rest themselves, too, as this role can be mentally, physically and emotionally draining as well.

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By: Anthony Perre, M.D., Cancer Treatment Centers of America ®