Being a Caregiver
A cancer diagnosis is never easy, not just for the patients, but for their caregivers as well. Caregivers are instrumental in the patients' cancer journey and in aiding recovery and rehabilitation as they provide the patient with physical, mental and emotional support. Caregivers may be partners, family members or close friends.
There are many ways to be a caregiver. Caregivers may share the same home as the patient, share responsibilties, or care from a distance. The role of a caregiver varies depending on the situation and tends to change over time.
Caregivers are tasked with a range of responsibilities on a daily, or as-needed basis and these are some of the responsibilities caregivers may take on:
- Giving medication
- Offering support and encouragement
- Managing symptoms and side effects
- Arranging medical appointments
- Providing transportation to appointments
- Preparing meals
- Assisting with household duties
- Managing insurance and bills
All of these involve time and money, and many at times, the health and well-being of the caregivers, both physically and emotionally, may prove to be rather challenging.
Today, 1 in 3 Singaporeans are diagnosed with cancer and some challenges of caregiving may include:
- Physical, mental and emotional stress
- Less personal time and space
- Financial stress
- Anxiety and depression
Thus, it is very important for caregivers to prepare themselves for the journey that they are on, so that they can better facilitate the patient's cancer journey, and gain valuable experience and fulfillment while supporting patients on their journey.
For more information on how to cope as a caregiver, click on one of the following Caregiver Infokits:
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