Resources for Caregivers
Caregivers play a huge role in a cancer patient’s life. From driving them to their treatment appointments to caring for them at home, to managing their housework and financial responsibilities, the caregiver takes on many roles. At any given time, they may be spending more than 30 hours a week supporting the patient.
Caring for a loved one during this difficult time is not easy. It’s normal for caregivers to feel confused, overwhelmed and even depressed. But, just as board-certified radiation oncologist Dr. Eric Karp and the team at Rahway Regional Cancer Center (RRCC) are dedicated to helping patients, we’re dedicated to helping caregivers, too.
Getting the Support You Need
When a parent, friend, sibling, child or other loved one is diagnosed with cancer, life can change very quickly. In order for a caregiver to best care for the patient, and for themselves, it’s important to know that resources are available to help caregivers cope with the situation and understand what their loved one is going through. There are also resources that can help caregivers learn how to care for their loved one, ask others for help when needed, balance their own career and responsibilities and navigate appointments, insurance and more.
Anyone looking for cancer caregiver support can participate in the programs available through RRCC, including:
- Monthly in-house support group sessions for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers
- Financial advocacy counseling with an RRCC insurance professional
- American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life
- Personalized treatment planning
- Open communication with staff
Online Cancer Caregiver Support Resources
Many caregivers are able to find answers to their questions and seek emotional, mental, physical and financial support online. RRCC recommends the following websites.
- What does a cancer caregiver do?
- Does the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) apply to me?
- How can I manage my loved one’s cancer-related side effects?
- Taking care of yourself as a caregiver
- How to provide emotional support to someone with cancer
- The American Cancer Society Caregiver Resource Guide (PDF)
You Can Lean on RRCC
If you’re looking for more cancer caregiver support, you’re also welcome to speak with Dr. Karp directly. Offering unmatched credentials and decades of proven experience, his wealth of knowledge concerning cancer care can help put your worries to rest. Schedule an appointment by calling (732) 382-5550. We are always there to take your calls!