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The Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC

Your Responsibilities
Choosing a Caregiver

How to Choose a Caregiver - FAQs

How many caregivers do I need?

In some cases it may only be possible for you to have one caregiver with you. If this is the case, we suggest arranging occasional visits by other family members and friends who can provide support so that the care-giving task does not fall on just one person. Ideally, you would be able to arrange to have more than one caregiver, as the care-giving role can be very demanding.

Many people do successfully make it through their treatment with only one caregiver, but having two or more caregivers is a real plus. Having two caregivers allows each one to have their own time to rest, relax and have time away from the hospital and responsibility. Having more than one caregiver also allows you to share your feelings and experiences with more than one person. Caregivers can often experience a high degree of anxiety. Some of this anxiety and tension can be alleviated when the responsibility of caring for you is shared.

How do I choose my caregiver?

When choosing a caregiver, it should be someone you are comfortable around, is comfortable around you, and is able to help you through your treatment. Another consideration is whether or not the caregiver will feel comfortable in the hospital environment.

What are the responsibilities of the caregiver(s)?

The responsibilities of a caregiver include:

  • Providing physical care during treatments, in hospital and at home
  • Providing transportation to and from the hospital during treatment and follow-up care
  • Providing emotional support
  • Helping the patient with oral medications if necessary
  • Identifying changes in the patient’s condition
  • Obtaining medical care if needed
  • Gathering information
  • Keeping family and friends up-to-date about the patient’s condition
  • Monitoring the number of visitors in and away from hospital
  • Preparing food

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