Caring for the caregiver
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Caring for a loved one with cancer can be overwhelming, stressful, draining, challenging, lonely and much more. And it is all too common that those of us in this position find it hard to take care of ourselves in the process.
Wellness Cares can help you find strength and joy as you navigate down the path of caregiving, offering resources, tools and suggestions that are personalized to your caregiver journey.
If you are a caregiver for a Cape Wellness Collaborative client, we will cover the cost for your initial sessions.
Wellness Cares Online Groups
Wellness Cares Client and Caregiver Encouragement Group
A recurring cancer patient and caregiver encouragement
group that meets on Wednesdays.
Hosted by: Deborah L. Ennis, MA | LMHC
Meets every Wednesday at 11:00 AM, via Zoom
Helpful Tips for Caregivers
PRACTICE SELF AWARENESS
When caregivers are aware of their own internal strength and mental wellbeing they are encouraging how essential it is to care for ourselves. This offers the caregiver the ability to find it within them to be more present for the loved one they are caring for.
Through WellnessCares, CWC supports the family caregivers of those facing cancer. Family caregivers can receive yoga passes to use at participating studios with the WellnessMoves program. Caregivers can also access meditation services from practitioners all over the Cape at our link below.
EMBRACE YOUR CONNECTIONS
By maintaining connections with their “team” of family and friends who are willing to help and support with any tasks, conversations, and duties, caregivers find they are less overwhelmed and are given a gift of time for themselves. This makes for a more effective caregiver going forward.
Ianacare is a free support and navigation platform for family caregivers. This app is designed to make it easier to receive the help you need from your own circle of supporters.
FOCUS ON STABILITY
Caregivers have their own unique understanding of what brings them a sense of stability in their lives. Whether it’s the daily meditations, faith community, nature, etc. – the more this is nurtured, the more stable they feel.
Commit to taking time each week to practice what grounds you. Check out Cape Wellness At Home for a variety of practices and resources you can use at home.
Find areas in your life where you can eliminate distractions and tasks that life brings that add to the stress and anxiety of caregiving. This brings the opportunity for more deep breaths and attention to the things that matter most.
Reiki treatments can help balance the mind and emotions of the patient which allows them to address issues in their life with more clarity and focus.
Family caregivers can use their CWC card to access Reiki treatments.