For Your Caregiver

At Winship, we recognize the important role your caregiver plays by providing assistance and by advocating for you as a cancer patient.

A caregiver for a cancer patient is any person who has the responsibility for caring for the patient and assists in the management of the illness.

Caregivers provide physical, practical and emotional support. Most caregivers are family members or friends. At times, a patient may hire a person who is a professional caregiver.

At Winship, we recognize the caregiver is an important member of the patient’s health care team but also needs support through the cancer journey.

Possible Duties of a Caregiver

There are a number of duties a caregiver may perform for you, including:

  • Advocating on your behalf.
  • Helping you comply with medication guidelines.
  • Making sure you schedule necessary medical visits.
  • Monitoring and managing some side effects.
  • Assisting you with daily living activities, like cooking, bill paying, cleaning, etc.
  • Cheering you on and helping you maintain a positive attitude.

Tips for Your Caregiver

Whether your caregiver is experienced, or doing this for the first time, here are some ways to help them:

  • Help them practice self-care by getting rest, exercising and eating well. Sometimes caregivers neglect themselves, which will have a negative impact on both of you. Caregiver burnout is possible.
  • Remind them to keep their own doctor appointments.
  • Recommend that they take a moment every day to do one thing for themselves.
  • Have a support network. Winship provides a support group just for caregivers.
  • Ask for help and accept help offered.

Most of all, caregivers should be flexible and not expect to be perfect.

Resource for Caregivers

If you or your caregiver are having difficulty coping, seek professional help from the Winship social services team. Contact (404) 778-1900 to make an appointment or complete our online appointment request form.

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