Cancer treatment is extremely challenging for patients. Caring for those undergoing cancer treatment can be even more difficult. Cancer impacts the entire family and family members or a close friend are encouraged to attend appointments with the patient. It is helpful to have a dedicated notebook to take notes at the appointment and as questions arise at home. As a caregiver, you are not alone in helping take care of your loved one.
It may fall to the caregiver to organize any medications that are needed. The FVHO Pharmacy staff will be happy to assist with any questions you may have and also investigate possible financial support for the medications needed.
As a caregiver you may become overwhelmed by dietary changes. For example, loss of appetite or weight loss. Consult one of the FVHO dieticians to help with any nutritional needs or tools that may help in this part of a patients care.
Take care of yourself. FVHO appreciates the struggle and conflict you may feel when others tell you to take care of yourself. Contact a FVHO patient navigator who will work with you to find the support systems you may need to make your role as caregiver easier.
POWERFUL TOOL FOR CAREGIVERS
“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” is a six-week workshop that provides caregivers with the tools and strategies to better care for their loved one and themselves. This course focuses on creating community with other caregivers and learning from each other. Working in conjunction with Lutheran Social Services, the FVHO Fight Back Foundation covers the cost of materials that are provided to all attendees. Times and dates may vary.
For more information or to register, call (920) 749-1171
“There was a common bond. We were all dealing with some of the same issues. We shared our stories and learned ways to cope. I learned that it was important to take care of me.”
Quote from Power Tools for Caregivers Website.