Here is a sampling of the resources available online for caregivers. Many of these sources have extensive libraries of documents and articles that will help you in your role as caregiver.
- Co-Surviving Cancer
A guide for new caregivers, family members, and friends of adults living with cancer
- National Caregivers Library
Hundreds of useful articles, forms, checklists, and links to topic-specific external resources, organized into logical categories that address the key needs of caregivers and their loved ones
- National Cancer Institute: Coping with Cancer: for Families, Caregivers, and Friends
Information to help caregivers cope while caring for a loved one with cancer, as well as help someone with cancer talk about and cope with the illness
- American Cancer Society: Caregivers
What to expect if you become a caregiver for a person with cancer, and tips for making sure that you take care of yourself as well
- American Society of Clinical Oncology's Cancer.net: Caregiver Support
More information on caregiving topics
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's Caring Connections: Caring for Someone
Links on preparing to become a caregiver, providing care, and respite
- Assisted Living: www.aboutassistedliving.org, www.aboutassistedliving.org/how-can-i-pay-for-assisted-living
Caregiver.com provides information, support and guidance for family and professional. They offer a bi-monthly publication entitled Today’s Caregiver. On their site you can find topic-specific newsletters, online discussion lists, back-issue articles of Today's Caregiver magazine, chat rooms, and an online store.
- Caregiver Action Network: www.caregiveraction.org/family-caregiver-toolbox
- The Caregiver Space: thecaregiverspace.org/caregivers-toolbox
- Verywell.com: verywell.com/caregiving
- Everyday Health: www.everydayhealth.com/lung-cancer/lung-cancer-caregiving.aspx
The CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation provides eligible individuals with up to $10,000 per year in co-payment assistance. They currently offer this program to people affected by breast cancer, colon or colorectal cancer, glioblastoma, head and neck cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and renal cell cancer.
NAHHH represents organizations that provide lodging (and service) for families receiving medical care away from home; furnishes information about hospitality homes in the caller's area; offers newsletter; and publishes an annual directory of facilities offering lodging.
Family caregivers can receive help in locating air transportation for needy patients who need distant specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis or treatment. This service of Mercy Medical Angels provides referrals to all major medical transport providers in the network.
A service of the National Council on the Aging, Benefits Check-Up and Benefits Check-UP RX help people over the age of 55 find federal, state, and local public and private programs that may pay for some of their medical care and/or prescription costs.
American Red Cross has developed training programs for family caregivers. You will need to check with your local chapter to find out if there are classes in your area.