Providing care (caregiving) is not limited to helping with daily activities such as visiting the doctor, preparing food, and taking care of household chores. It is also about learning new knowledge, as well as talking and listening to your loved one to help him/her to cope and work through the many mixed feelings that surface during this difficult period. While caregiving may be new and seem difficult to you now, you can learn more as you walk together with your loved one through his/her cancer experience. Try to give yourself time to understand and work through the changes that had taken place. Most caregivers are able to acquire the new skills with time and practice.
Some of the new knowledge or skills that you may have to learn include:
What you can do
While everyone copes differently, here are some practical tips that you may find useful:
Managing side effects of cancer and its treatment
Managing activities of daily living
Talking to someone with cancer
When to call your cancer care team
Please inform your doctor or nurse if you feel overwhelmed or if you do not think you can manage your loved one’s care at home. If you are a patient with NCCS, you may also call +65 6436 8417 or +65 64368088 to book an appointment to speak to an NCCS medical social worker, to explore more about caregiving options.
If you have any questions regarding the above information, please call Cancer Helpline at +65 6225 5655 or approach your doctor or nurse for further details. You may also visit AICarelink office at Singapore General Hospital (next to Kopitiam) for more information on caregiving services such as home nursing, home personal care, day care, and medical escort.
You may consider visiting the following websites for more information on caregiving.
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The above contents are made available as part of TEMASEK FOUNDATION-ACCESS (Accessible Cancer Care to Enable Support for Survivors) PROGRAMME, a holistic care programme to support cancer patients during their care and recovery journey.
The contents have been approved by the Cancer Education Information Service, National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS), for people with cancer and their families and caregivers. However, this information serves only as a guide and should not be used as a substitute for medical diagnosis, treatment or advice. For specific medical conditions, please seek expert medical advice from your healthcare team.
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