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C.A.R.E. - 2021-02-28

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TIPS FOR SUPPORTING CANCER PATIENTS

Relationships & Caregiving

Communicate with the patient: Don’t make assumptions about somebody’s needs, but ask what they need help with. Reassure them they aren’t a burden for asking for help—even if it’s something like cleaning toilets that no one is really excited to do. Remember the little things: Providing meals and food is great, but consider giving items that may help make their day-to-day lives easier such as dry shampoo and recovery robes. Consider creating a care schedule: Organizing people and what they will do to help can make everyone’s support more efficient and meaningful. If someone already vacuumed, there’s no need to repeat it. This can also help accomplish things that may otherwise get forgotten. Show you care: Support doesn’t have to be a huge gesture. Sending a card, giving them a list of books you recommend reading, or treating them to a coffee date somewhere can be meaningful. Don’t take their behavior personally: Understand there are good days and bad days. If a patient is grouchy, be patient and keep showing you care and are there for them. Sources: American Cancer Society and cancer survivors in Santa Fe

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