What may help

Talk about it

If your caregiver is generally positive about their role, those around them may not realise how much they are missing in their life. Being open and honest with family and friends may draw out some helpful ideas and offers of help.

Respite care

Family, friends or community members may be able to offer a caregiver some informal respite so they can take part in occasional, or preferably regular, social activities. Formal relief care from agencies may also be available.

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Life, Hope & Reality was developed and written by Afaf Girgis, Claire Johnson, and Sylvie Lambert with funding from the NHMRC and Cancer Council NSW.

Last updated 30 August 2015