November is National Family Caregivers Month—and a good time to remind both caregivers and workplace managers of the resources available to them at Johns Hopkins.
If you're caring for a loved one with cancer, you know that you are providing a gift to your parent, child, spouse/partner, or friend. But you also know that long-term caregiving can take a physical, psychosocial, and financial toll on you as well as the patient.
Research has shown that caregivers providing complex care for an extended period of time are at increased health risk themselves because of their limited time to rest, engage in self-care, or seek medical help that they may need.
If you're a caregiver, remember that Johns Hopkins' Work Stride: Managing Cancer at Work website has a special section just for you.
- Listen as Work Stride co-developer Lillie Shockney and oncology nurse navigator Eden Stotsky-Himelfarb offer guidance and information to help you remain effective and resilient throughout what can be many months, or even years, of support.
- Learn helpful tips for caring for a child, parent, or spouse/partner.
- Hear stories from other caregivers.
- Find out whether you are protected under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Managers, remember that you play an important role in the life of your employee who has been diagnosed with cancer or who has become a caregiver for a loved one with cancer. Click on the Managers section of the Work Stride website for videos, articles, and other resources that will help you manage and support your employee through a difficult time.
In addition, oncology nurse navigators are always available to provide employees and managers with support, information, and guidance. Contact them at 844-446-6229 or ManageCancer@jh.edu.