Welcome to the Caregiver Resource Guide
You may not think of yourself as a “caregiver,” but any person who supports a patient during treatment has taken on this key role. You may be the patient’s spouse, sibling, son, daughter, or friend. Many other people will also take part in caregiving. They might be doctors, nurses, social workers or, counselors.
Caregivers help in many ways from taking care of day-to-day tasks to giving emotional support. Your help might include making meals, shopping, driving, looking after children, giving words of support, or just being there to listen.
We think of caregiving as a team effort, and each team needs a captain. This role is often taken on by the person who spends the most time with the patient. This person is sometimes, but not always, the patient’s closest family member.
As a caregiver you may find that your role changes over time. Sometimes it will be a balancing act. You must decide when to do a lot and when to do very little. Many patients want to have a say about their own care. Respect the wishes of your loved one. Communication will be a big part of your job—with your loved one and with your team members. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or admit you’re not sure about something.
And, just as important, you must take care of yourself. Keep your body and mind healthy so you can give the best care to the one you love.
We hope this guide will help you, your team, and your loved one.