Strength for Caring, available from Ortho Biotech Inc., is an educational program designed to teach family members the skills they need to care for individuals who have cancer at home. The program helps family caregivers cope with emotional, physical, and financial stresses involved in providing care to individuals with cancer, in addition to handling the demands of their family lives and careers.
Strength for Caring is a comprehensive program led by health care professionals who have completed a facilitator-training module. Sessions address the needs of caregivers by helping them:
* Understanding cancer and its treatment.
* Meet the physical and emotional needs of individuals with cancer.
* Cope with changing family roles.
* Improve their own physical and mental health.
The program places emphasis on helping family caregivers identify the myriad community resources available to people with cancer and their families, including home health agencies, hospices, community transportation services, and volunteers.
To initiate the program or become a Strength for Caring facilitator, contact Ortho Biotech at (800) 325-7504. General information about the program also is available at www.oncolink.org.