There are lots of different types of caregivers. Many are spouses or partners. Some can be other members of the family. As a caregiver, you play an important role in someone's treatment journey.

Your role as a caregiver

It’s okay if you don’t know what your loved one needs or if they even want help. If that’s the case, just ask. Your loved one might want the help, but might not be sure where to start.

Here are some ways to make this challenging time a little easier for the person you care for:

Keep communicating

  • Talk to your loved one. Make sure they know that you’re here to help
  • Offer to go to medical appointments with your loved one
  • Communicate with the entire healthcare team. Learn who may be on your care team

Collect important info

  • As a caregiver, you can act as an extra set of eyes and ears. Ask important questions and gather information to share with your loved one
  • Offer to help your loved one and note any changes in symptoms or side effects. His or her care team may have a checklist devoted to recording symptoms
  • Keep track of medical information and paperwork
  • Find out if there are any special instructions or tips that the healthcare team recommends

Offer emotional support

  • Try to keep a positive attitude—it is beneficial for your loved one and for you
  • Spend time together and try to do things that you both love. This can remind you both that you have a relationship outside of your loved one's diagnosis
  • Encourage your loved one to engage in the activities he or she likes as much as possible

Take care of yourself

Taking care of yourself is an important step towards ensuring that you're taking care of your loved one.

Here are some tips that may help you when you’re feeling overwhelmed:

  • Have regular doctor checkups
  • Find time to relax and do what you enjoy
  • Go easy on yourself and focus on positive things you are doing for your loved one
  • Consider routines that can improve your mood and energy
  • Know your limits and be realistic about the time and energy you can give
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help—your family or friends can be your first resource
  • Consider joining a support group or talking to a counselor

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