Caring for the Carer

We recognise that caring for a loved-one with a serious illness can be a lonely, exhausting and emotional experience. Not only does the daily routine change for the patient as hospital commitments become a priority, but many changes occur for the carer as well. Both patients and carers may experience overwhelming feelings of loss including physical, emotional and financial.

The Leukaemia Foundation runs programs and offers services specifically for carers, to provide them with meaningful information they travel on the roller coaster ride of diagnosis, treatment and beyond with their patient. With a combination of helpful information, support and pampering, the carer’s program provides a special space where carers can feel nurtured, be able to freely express their frustration and share their experience and feelings in a non threatening environment, with a group of people who are travelling a similar path.

No two journeys are ever the same, but having the opportunity to share experiences can sometimes lessen the burden and clarify what is happening for the individual. Our support staff can give you information on the important role of the carer; tips for preventing carer burnout; and strategies for coping in the longer term.

For more information about how we can help carers, please phone 1800 620 420 or email us on info@leukaemia.org.au.

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