Just as every patient’s situation is different, every caregiver may be called upon to perform different tasks. Caregivers may be asked for simple support — like rides to doctor’s appointments, meal preparation and housekeeping. Or they may be a full partner in treatment, attending every appointment, asking questions on the patient’s behalf, acting as a proxy for the patient when needed, and much more.
One of the most important things you can do as a caregiver is take care of yourself, too. It can be difficult to focus on yourself when someone you love is undergoing treatment, but SCCA provides resources for you so you can be effective in your role as a caregiver.
Support services at SCCA
- Patient and Family Resource Center: Located on the third floor of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) outpatient clinic on Lake Union, the resource center provides free services and information for patients, families, and caregivers. (206) 288-2081
- Spiritual care: Chaplains provide respectful spiritual and emotional care to people of all faiths and spiritualities, including those who identify as nonreligious. (206) 288-1099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Social workers: Get counseling, education, advocacy, and help accessing services within SCCA and the larger community. (206) 288-1076 or email@example.com.
Useful links for caregivers
- Dear Caregiver: Some reassuring words from a caregiver who has been where you are now.
- Caregiver responsibilities: Not sure where to start? This list can guide you in defining your role as a caregiver.
- Online resources for caregivers: We’ve created a list of websites and tools that caregivers may find helpful.
- Take care of yourself: You’ll be a much more effective caregiver if you also look after yourself. If you’re not sure how you’re feeling, we have a short quiz that might help.