Caregivers may find it challenging to reach out for support. They are likely to have their own unmet needs along the cancer experience, and sometimes services are focused so much on the person with the diagnosis, that the needs of caregivers are overlooked or underserviced. Relationship dynamics and roles may be altered when one partner is diagnosed and this can become an additional strain on emotional resilience reserves.
Caregivers may include children, partners, parents, siblings and friends. They may take the primary caring role or be part of an extended family or group. Finding ways to practice self -care and manage your own mental, emotional and physical health are important for sustained caring.
It is wise to find resources and support as early on as you can. This can include counselling, attending support groups together or alone, and scheduling time outside the home/hospital environment for activities such as massage, meditation, yoga or simply spending time enjoying life.
Are you providing care for someone with cancer or a serious illness?
Join us for this free one day workshop aimed to help you in your caring role. The course focuses on the challenges and demands of being a carer, and provides participants with a wide range of information and practical strategies to increase their coping skills, with self-care a constant theme throughout the course. The main goal is to improve the quality of life for both individuals in the caring relationship.
The course will cover:
• Effective Communication with family, friends and medical personnel
• Managing Medication
• Managing Pain
• Managing Symptoms
• Practical Aspects
• Good Nutrition
• Complementary therapies: what are they and how can they help?
All course materials, lunch and refreshments supplied.
Registration is essential as places are limited.
To register for our one day Carers' Course, see programs. This educational seminar is delivered at metropolitan and regional centres numerous times each year, and is provided free of charge for carers.
Solaris Cancer Care welcomes carers and families to participate in all our groups, courses, activities and events.