Caregivers — spouses, friends, children, siblings, parents or anyone helping provide care — play an important role in a cancer patient’s journey. As a caregiver, you must take care of yourself in order to support your loved one. These resources can help.
We hold a Caregiver Café twice every month to provide free resources to help you slow down and take time for yourself. Our chaplain provides emotional support and offers educational resources and tips for self-care.
Meet our social workers and psychologist to help you find ways to care for yourself. You can choose to meet with or without the patient you’re supporting.
Our chaplain provides spiritual care and support to patients and caregivers. Whether you're part of a specific faith tradition or not, our chaplain can listen, offer prayer and help you reflect on our own emotional or spiritual concerns.
Grief Support Groups
We offer a grief support group periodically for loved ones of patients who have died. For more information about the next session, contact chaplain Julie Perry at 434.924.2477 or social worker Jesse Dice at 434.982.4434.
Advance Care Planning & Medical Records
An advance directive documents your healthcare planning decisions. This process helps you:
- Think about and learn how to make informed healthcare choices
- Choose someone to make decisions for you if you're unable to make them for yourself
- Write down your wishes for care
- Talk to your family and doctors about care you would or would not want
Everyone over the age of 18 should have an advance directive. You can get a form at our Resource Center or from your healthcare professional whom can help you with the process.
As a caregiver, you can also request adult caregiver proxy access to another person's account by submitting an Adult Caregiver Proxy Access Form (PDF).