We understand how important it is for caregivers to take care of themselves. We provide programs and services to sustain caregivers and address your specific needs as you care for your loved one with cancer.
Survivor and Caregiver Resource Guide
Developed by CHI Franciscan and the American Cancer Society, the 2015 Survivor and Caregiver Resource Guide lists resources available throughout the Puget Sound area offered by:
- CHI Franciscan Health
- Harrison Medical Center
- Nonprofit organizations and agencies
- Tacoma chapter of the ACS
- Other health care providers
Administration on Aging (AOA)
An agency of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, the AOA provides services and programs that help senior citizens live independently in their homes and communities. The AOA provides:
- Caregiver training
- Individual counseling
- Information and assistance in finding support
- Respite care
- Supplemental services
- Support groups
Visit www.aoa.gov or call 202-619-0724 for more information.
CancerCare Caregiver Support Services
CancerCare provides free professional services and emotional and practical support to anyone affected by cancer. Visit www.cancercare.org or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
CMS provides information for consumers about patient rights, prescription drugs and health insurance issues, including Medicare and Medicaid. Visit www.medicare.gov (for Medicare information) or www.cms.hhs.gov, or call 800-633-4227.
CHI Institute for Research and Innovation (CIRI)
Through CIRI and other national and regional partnerships, including the National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), we’re able to offer national clinical trials to our patients and bring the latest advances to the Puget Sound through leading research protocols.
Department of Health
The Washington State Tobacco Quitline 1-800-QUIT-NOW is open to the uninsured and underinsured. A smartphone app called SmartQuit is free to anyone living in Washington state.
Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA)
FCA is a community-based nonprofit organization that addresses the needs of families and friends who provide long-term care at home. Visit www.caregiver.org or call 800-445-8106.
Gloria’s Angels Foundation
CHI Franciscan supports Gloria’s Angels Foundation, an organization that lifts burdens and builds communities so that people can care for a loved one with a life-threatening medical condition.
- The program assesses a family’s needs, then seeks solutions for all of them.
- The organization partners with other service agencies and organizes the community of relatives, neighbors, friends, church members and co-workers to fill all the gaps.
- This free service helps the helpers so that they can care for the family without becoming overwhelmed.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering provides programs designed for a wide audience of patients, their families, caregivers and community members. These programs help educate the public about cancer-related topics such as prevention, screening and treatment. Visit www.mskcc.org or call 800-525-2225.
Mesothelioma Support Services
Asbestos.com provides vital services and free resources for patients and families affected by mesothelioma, including support groups and a physician referral service. Visit asbestos.com or call 888-264-4251.
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging Eldercare Locator
The Eldercare Locator is a nationwide directory assistance service that helps senior citizens and their caregivers find local resources for support. Services include:
- Home care
- Housing alternatives
- Legal advice
- Social activities
Visit www.eldercare.gov and call 800-677-1116.
National Cancer Institute: Support for Caregivers
The National Cancer Institute provides a booklet that lists ways for friends or family members to take care of themselves while caring for someone with cancer. You can download the booklet "When Someone You Love Is Being Treated for Cancer" in PDF, Kindle or ePub formats. Visit www.cancer.gov and call 800-4-CANCER.
Strength for Caring
Johnson & Johnson partners with AARP to provide expert information and a place to connect with other caregivers. Visit either www.strengthforcaring.com or www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving. Call 877-333-5885 for English and 888-971-2013 for Spanish to get and share advice.
The Wellness Community and Cancer Support Community (CSC)
CSC provides support, education and hope to people affected by cancer, through a network of more than 50 local affiliates, 100 satellite locations and online. Call 888-793-9355.
Well Spouse Association
This nonprofit organization provides emotional support to wives, husbands and partners of people who are chronically ill or disabled, through support groups across the country. Visit www.wellspouse.org or call 800-838-0879.
Our experienced cancer teams provide high-quality care with a compassionate touch to guide you through your cancer journey. Learn more about all our cancer services at CHI Franciscan Cancer Care.