Like any journey, caregiving can be demanding and full of unexpected twists and turns. But it can also have positive moments that may be life-changing. One of your greatest challenges as a caregiver may be taking care of yourself while caring for your loved one.
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The Caregiver’s Companion Program is a free program that combines a useful toolkit with the personalized, confidential support of a caregiver coach who understands transplant and the caregiver role. It will help you take better care of yourself and cope with the challenges and feelings that come with being a caregiver. The program is designed for primary caregivers who are currently providing care to an adult transplant patient during or shortly after transplant.
When you enroll in the program, you will receive a toolkit and be paired with a trained Be The Match® coach who will work with your schedule to find a time (about once a week) that’s best for you to talk by telephone. Your coach is there to listen, provide ideas and refer you to information in the toolkit that will help with challenges you’re facing that week, and support you in taking care of yourself.
If you’d like to learn more about the program content, see the following links. Those in the program will receive a printed book with this information as part of their toolkit.
The Caregiver’s Companion is a guide for caregivers of BMT patients to help you build upon your existing strengths and help you develop new ones as you take on the role of caregiver.
It can be hard to know how to cope with the emotions and expectations of the caregiver role. Learn how to understand common thoughts and feelings and find coping strategies that work for you.
Being able to communicate simply and directly is a key skill in your role as caregiver. This chapter provides tips on how to:
- Choose the best words to get the best results
- Communicate in specific situations with health care professionals, pharmacists, family and friends
- Connect with your loved one
Being a caregiver can be stressful and seem overwhelming at times. You don’t have to do it alone. You can enlist the help of your own social support team to help you through. Learn how to accept help with grace, steps to get the help you need most, how to be ready when friends offer to help and how to stay connected to those closest to you.
As a caregiver, you probably aren’t thinking about your own health. But caregiving can be stressful and a lot of stress can cause you to get sick easier and take longer to get well. This chapter will help you learn and practice simple physical ways to relieve stress, such as stretching and adding more walking into your day. You’ll also learn how to make healthy choices even when time is short.
Caregiving can bring on long-term stress, which causes wear and tear on your body, your mood, your productivity and your quality of life. Learn how to understand what triggers your stress and simple relaxation techniques you can use to lower your stress. You can also find ideas on how to carve out personal time.
Like any journey, caregiving can be demanding and full of unexpected twists and turns. But it can also have positive moments that may be life-changing. This chapter highlights ways to explore meaning, how to keep in touch with your own identity and how to create positive moments and memories.
Be The Match can provide more information on the Caregiver’s Companion Program and find resources to help you in your role. Contact us at 1(888) 999-6743 or firstname.lastname@example.org.