Indiana's Nonprofit Resource & Education Organization for Ovarian Cancer
Support Survivors, Caregivers & Families
Ovar'coming Together, Inc.
2625 N. Meridian Street, Suite #108, Indianapolis, IN 46208
Toll Free: 855-855-OVAR | Ph: 317-925-6643 | Fax: 317-925-6673
Ovar'coming Together, Inc. © 2013
Caregivers and Care Giving
Ovarian Cancer affects more than just the woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and many others feel the effects of ovarian cancer.
A “caregiver” is an individual who provides help to another person in need. This may be a few hours a week or full-time live-in support. The person being cared for may live at home, with you, or with another friend or family member. Caregiver tasks include such things as running errands, preparing meals, transportation to medical appointments, being a chemo buddy, shopping, housekeeping, and more.
America is a nation of caregivers. Day in and day out, approximately 66 million family caregivers in this country fulfill a vital role on the care team. No one else is in a better position to ensure continuity of care. Know that you are NOT alone and that your role is an important one. What you do is truly special!
Nonetheless, the role of a caregiver can often be very physically and emotionally demanding. Much like ovarian cancer survivors, caregivers need access to resources and systems of support to continue to persevere in the fight against ovarian cancer.
If you are a caregiver, the following resources may be helpful to you:
A FEW TIPS
-Take Care of Yourself, Too
-Talk to Other Caregivers
-Manage Your Stress
-Ask for Help
-Divide up Responsibilities
-Have a "Wish List" available when people ask what they can do
-Get Enough Rest