Caring for the Caregiver

Caring for the Caregiver

Caring for the Caregiver is a Red Cross program geared to help facilitate group discussion and sharing on the challenges and rewards of caring for loved ones. The term family caregiver refers to unpaid individuals such as family members, neighbors, and friends who provide care for someone. It is estimated that more than 40 million people in the U.S .do some form of caregiving, and with an ever aging population, that number is expected to rise significantly.

More than 60 percent of caregivers work full or part time jobs, in addition to their care giving duties. And about half of those that are primary caregivers have no outside assistance. In addition, an ever increasing number are taking care of someone with dementia, mental confusion or Alzheimer’s disease.

Wyoming Cancer Resource Services Program Managers have been trained to facilitate the Caring for the Caregiver groups and are available to present at your meetings. Contact your regional manager to schedule an event.

Resources---Click Links Below

How to organize a group to care for someone who is seriously ill. The provide a link to purchase a book ($14.99) with information on how to best set up a network of caring. There is a link that takes you do a downloadable booklet about caregiving.

Start your own CareCentral site. Provide family and friends with a private, central hub to keep in touch, stay informed, and share support during important events in your life.

Start a site: connect with family and friends; keep people informed and receive messages of hope; share in a protected, respectful space.
Start a support planner: invite people to lend a hand; receive help with chores and errands from family, friends, and neighbors; coordinate care and organize tasks.

This site connects people through the power of community-whether you need help or you want to provide help.

The Patient/Partner Project is a multi-faceted, long-term program focused on helping cancer patients by helping their partners.

Giving Comfort is a charity initiative of the McKesson Foundation that provides cancer patients with a Comfort Kit - a cancer care package filled with the most needed and requested items to provide comfort and relief during chemotherapy treatment. 100% of individual donations go directly to purchasing and delivering Comfort Kits to Patients in need.