Helping a family member or friend with the physical, practical and emotional challenges of a serious medical condition can be stressful. There are often new roles, responsibilities and tasks that come with being a caregiver — navigating the complex healthcare system, researching available support services and managing financial matters — all while trying to maintain the responsibilities you had before becoming a caregiver.
Support for family members and friends is a key component of Supportive Care Medicine. Team members are available to assist with support and education in the following areas:
- Emotional needs
- Balancing work, family needs and caregiving
- Managing additional financial responsibilities
- Coping with added responsibilities and adjusting to unexpected challenges
- Connecting to community resources to assist with practical and emotional challenges of caregiving
- University of Southern California Family Caregiver Support Center
Local resource that provides information, assessment, individual consultations, respite, education and caregiver training
- Caregiver Action Network
Includes a Caregiver Toolbox with on-demand webinars designed for caregivers, as well as links to many agencies and organizations that provide information and assistance
- National Alliance for Caregiving Resources for Caregivers
Links to many agencies and organizations that provide information and assistance
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Caring Connections
Helpful information about discussing healthcare wishes and practical information about caring for a loved one with a serious illness
For additional information, please contact Cedars-Sinai Supportive Care Medicine at 310-423-9520 and ask to speak with a social worker.