Taking care of yourself
As a caregiver, you may be thinking about all you have to do, but may not be thinking about yourself and your own needs along the way. You may be surprised to learn that the most important thing you can do as a caregiver is take care of yourself. It is the only way you will be able to have the strength and stamina to take care of your loved one.
The Caregiver's Companion Program
“It took lots of reminders … and a couple of hard pushes from those around me. Finally, after four months of trying to do everything myself, I finally listened to my mom’s social worker, friends and family and started taking care of myself.”
This program for caregivers of transplant patients combines a useful toolkit with the personalized, confidential support of a caregiver coach who understands transplant and the caregiver role. The program is designed to help you take better care of yourself and cope with the challenges and feelings that come with being a caregiver.
The program is best suited for primary caregivers who are currently providing care to an adult bone marrow transplant patient during or shortly after transplant. If you are interested and able to have regular telephone contact with a caregiver coach for approximately 6 weeks, this program is for you. When you enroll, you will:
- Receive a toolkit that includes the Caregiver’s Companion book with tips, ideas and stories from other caregivers that will help you stay emotionally and physically healthy. You will also get a wellness journal, a pedometer and a water bottle to help you on your journey.
- 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.
To enroll in the program, visit bethematch.org/companion-enroll to complete the registration form.
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