Caregiver Support/ Respite Care
What is a caregiver? Family and friends play a pivotal role in contributing to successful cancer care. A cancer caregiver is someone who supports a cancer patient by attending treatments and appointments, and being proactive in their care.
Even though many families take great joy in providing care to their loved ones so that they can remain at home, the physical, emotional and financial consequences for the caregiver can be overwhelming without some caregiver support. The National Alliance for Caregiving reports caregivers spend, on average, 20.4 hours per week providing care. Those who live with their care recipient spend 39.3 hours per week caring for that person. Our cancer caregiving support service grant can provide a break for the family caregiver, which may prove beneficial to the physical and emotional health of the caregiver. Research shows that an estimated 17-35 percent of family caregivers view their health as fair to poor. Fatigue, flare-ups of medical conditions and less adherence to self care regimens are commonly found among caregivers. For some, financial hardships, time restrictions and reversal in roles within the family add to their strain.
Our approved applicants receive cancer caregiving support through financial assistance grants to arrange and pay for planned short-term and time-limited breaks for families and other unpaid caregivers.
As a full time cancer caregiver it can be difficult to find the time and energy to leave the house to shop for food and prepare a meal. Our meal delivery program provides 3 heart healthy meals for families in our programs. The ingredients are wholesome and come with easy to follow instructions to be prepared to eat within 30 min or frozen for future use.
Through it all, knowing they are not alone and can reach out for help or guidance along the way can enhance how caregivers adapt to the challenges and meaningful rewards that caregiving provides. We are happy to be able to offer cancer caregiver support services.