OHC Recognizes Family Caregivers – America’s Quiet Heroes
November is National Family Caregivers Month and OHC would like to acknowledge these special people who devote their lives to the care and support of a family member or loved one.
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) estimates that more than 40 million people across the country are supporting family members who are ill, loved ones with disabilities, and aging parents. These quiet heroes are making sure their loved ones receive the physical care and emotional support they need in order to maintain a good quality of life.
Rhonda Gottmann, MSN, APRN, advanced practice provider at OHC’s Clifton office, says caregivers play a critical role in the care of a cancer patient.
“At OHC, every day, family members and friends accompany their loved ones to our offices,” said Rhonda. “Sometimes it’s a quick visit for blood work and other times it can be for a treatment that lasts several hours. They take notes for the patient during their visit with a provider, wrap them in a warm blanket, and talk with them during their treatment. They demonstrate deep, self-less compassion with their sole focus being the well-being of their loved one. It’s beautiful.”
In many cases, the caregivers not only provide support for their family member with cancer, but sometimes for the staff as well.
“We have some of the most wonderful caregivers. They bring us baked treats and make us smile with their stories. They become members of our OHC family just like our patients,” Rhonda added.
Many of those caring for family members with cancer feel it’s an honor to support their loved one. But there are times when they themselves need support. Caregivers should know that there are wonderful cancer community organizations that offer support for both patients and caregivers for those times, including Cancer Support Community, Cancer Family Care and Pink Ribbon Girls, just to name a few. OHC has created a convenient, downloadable list of resources for patients and their caregivers. To access this list, click here. To learn more about OHC or for a second opinion, please visit ohcare.com.