Wanda Gonzalez/ Family Meetings

While resolving family conflicts can be a challenge and a nuisance, it is essential to deal with problems quickly. This allows the family to be in a better position to provide high-quality care to the person with cancer. Each family member should consider what is most important; Be right or provide support.

The following suggestions can help families work together to build a support network.

  • Expect differences of opinion and styles to cope with situations among family members and accept them.
  • If possible, involve the person with cancer. The patient should always be a central part of all conversations and actions related to care.
  • Do not be afraid to ask for help with patient care responsibilities and learn to accept it gently.
  • Thank family members who try to help, even if the support is not exactly what you need.
  • Be realistic when it comes to dividing care responsibilities. Allow family members to assist in the way they can and assign tasks according to skills, lifestyle, and schedules.
  • The duties of patient care will vary from day to day and week to week. Encourage family members to stay flexible and lend a hand when extra help is needed.
  • Get outside help from friends, family and volunteer organizations.
  • Be an example to others in the family taking care of yourself physically and emotionally.
  • Use online tools (in English) that allow you to schedule tasks and communicate information. In this way, all family members and other caregivers can access the latest news by connecting to the Internet.
  • Keep in mind that you are working for the same goal of helping the person with cancer, even if there are different ways to achieve it.

Family meetings

Organizing scheduled family meetings on a regular basis can be useful. This is a time to encourage friends and family members of the patient care team to discuss related issues and concerns. Those who cannot attend personally may wish to participate by telephone. During these meetings, everyone should listen to others with respect and at the same time express their own opinions.