Wanda Gonzalez/ Types Of Care

Key messages:

  • The role of the caregiver will often vary depending on the situation and is likely to change over time.
  • Caring for a patient can, at the same time, be rewarding and challenging.
  • Caregivers should remember to take care of themselves while providing care for the person with cancer.

Caregivers are often family or friends who provide essential physical, practical and emotional support to the person with cancer. Caregivers may have different daily responsibilities or as needed. Here are some of the duties caregivers can take:

  • Provide support and encouragement
  • Administer medications
  • Help manage symptoms and side effects
  • Coordinate medical appointments
  • Drive to appointments
  • Attend meals
  • Help with household chores
  • Handle problems with insurance and billing

Types of care

There are numerous ways to be a caregiver. For some, it can merely look after the affected person 24 hours an afternoon. For others, it may mean looking for medical records or arranging for help. Each scenario is exclusive, and no specific circumstance applies to everyone with most cancers and their households. Also, because the sickness and remedy change so does the caregiver’s position.Caregivers can live in the home, share responsibilities or provide care remotely.

Resident caregiver. A person, such as a spouse or a partner, assumes the role of primary or primary caregiver. A close friend or neighbor can also be the caregiver. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, most caregivers live 20 minutes from the person they care for.

Caregiver with shared responsibilities. Some caregivers share responsibility with other family members. Often, the person performing each task of patient care can accomplish that task in the best possible way. Combining patient care among several family members is often a challenge, because previous conflicts may appear or worsen. However, caring for a family member with cancer can also make the family more united. Remote carer. In some situations, a family member or friend who does not live near the person with cancer is responsible for managing the care. A remote caregiver usually coordinates services by phone or email.

A caregiver can arrange for local volunteers, friends, and colleagues to help the person with cancer.

Caring for a person with cancer who lives far away is usually emotionally exhausting. The distance between the caregiver and the person cared for can increase the caregiver’s usual concerns. It can also cause financial stress. However, there are specific steps you can take to be an effective caregiver, no matter how far you are from the sick person.