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This month is dedicated to recognizing the crucial roles that family members and friends play in caring for loved ones who are in some way disabled or have fallen ill. While some patients are under the care of paid caregivers, roughly 75% of all caregivers are unpaid family members and friends.

One of the most important parts of being a caregiver is seeking support. This can take the form of education and research or help from other family and friends. The MCA is passionate about acknowledging the selflessness and hardship that goes into being a caregiver, and providing resources to lessen what can often feel like an overwhelming load.

Resources

  • Comprehensive Care Model — A cancer diagnosis often turns the life of a patient and his or her family upside down, leaving them feeling overwhelmed. Some hospitals and care centers are changing the way they treat patients, now including family into the treatment process. At the International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, the comprehensive care model acknowledges these feelings and provides care and support to patients and their families so that they can concentrate on treatment.
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Cancer Survivorship — This CDC page provides a comprehensive list of resources for caregivers of cancer patients along with other caregiving resources.
  • Medicare Resource Kit — This kit includes a wide variety of informational brochures and downloadable PDFs. Topics range from “What Every Caregiver Needs to Know” to tip sheets about transitioning a loved one from a hospital to the home.
  • National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) — This program, which is administered by the Administration on Community Living, was established in 2000 and funds a variety of supportive services for families and informal caregivers.

MCA Articles

For more information, tips, and helpful resources covering a variety of caregiving topics, read the articles from this past year below. Be sure to share with a caregiver you know.