Caregivers stand on the front line alongside their loved one in the battle. Often, friends and family overlook the effect the patient’s illness has on caregivers. Thankfully, there are some resources that can help make the caregiver’s job easier.
I’m in the process of adding more resources and updating this list. Let me know if you see any broken links. Also, if you would like more information about anything related to caregiveing, please let me know.
Resources for Men who are Caregivers
Jack’s Caregiver Coalition
Founded by MEN with extreme caregiving experiences, Jack’s doesn’t have time to get bogged down in red tape. Living a life that revolves around CANCER, in many ways, forces you to live life one scan at a time. We have carried this sense of urgency over to how we SERVE our community. Our programming is INNOVATIVE, in that we aren’t afraid to fail. When designing a new EXPERIENCE, we don’t ask what could go wrong; we ask what could go right. These experiences are grounded in HOSPITALITY, and so we are constantly striving to improve what we do. The men we serve live their lives selflessly in inhospitable conditions. They deserve WORLD-CLASS service and a community that is willing to rally around them as the heroes they are.
Caregiving is hard, so I hope that these resources will make coordinating care for your loved one—and live, easier during this difficult time.
The 8 Dimensions of Wellness
Find out how to care for yourself using the 8 dimensions of wellness! Check out the YouTube video at the bottom of this page and take the quiz. You need to care for yourself before you can care for your family.
A Guide to Restful Sleep Without Drugs or Alcohol
This web page will give you an overview of the healthy sleep cycle as well as misconceptions about sleep and sleep disorders. It covers lifestyle tips to improve your sleep and health without using drugs or alcohol.
Getting support from friends and family is essential for caregivers. Coordinating schedules can be complicated, though. Thankfully, there are a lot of sites that can coordinate meals, appointments, and other things you might need help with.
Caring Bridge Care Coordinating and Blogging Site (my favorite)
What I love about Caring Bridge is that all of our family and friends get updates from the site, so requesting help and scheduling it is a natural addition. I’ve tried several care coordination systems and have found this to be the easiest one to use.
A Great Website: Help Them Fight
When Madeline Calahan’s best friend was diagnosed with cancer, she learned a lot about what can be both useful and meaningful to someone walking their cancer journey. She created “Help Them Fight” to share resources with others who were going through the same situation.
Facts about Caregiver Stress
AM I MISSING SOMETHING?
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ABOUT HEATHER ERICKSON
In 2012 doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan, with stage IV lung cancer. Since then, our family has been learning what it means to face cancer. I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace.
My book Facing Cancer as a Friend: How to Support Someone Who Has Cancer, is available on Amazon.com
I also blog at Heather Erickson Author/Writer/Speaker