COVID-19 Changes for Caregivers
We know COVID-19 has made a difficult situation even more challenging. Please know that we are doing everything we can to keep our high-risk patients and our staff safe by following public health guidelines. Because of this, we must continue to have strict visitor policies for physical distancing throughout the clinic. For our most updated visitor guidelines, please visit our Coronavirus Advisory page.
Helpful Tips and Information for Caregivers From Our Blog
Ways to Provide Support and Be a Better Caregiver
As a caregiver, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to best support your loved one on this journey. While we recognize that each caregiver is as unique as each patient, here are some valuable ways you can support your loved one on both a practical and emotional level:
- Practice self compassion: Caregiving is hard. Understanding that you are not a perfect caregiver overnight is important. You are learning along with your loved one about the best way to care for them. Give yourself a little grace.
- Recognize limitations and boundaries are healthy: When you are caring for a loved one, sometimes it can be challenging to balance caring and managing your own needs. It is ok to take some time for yourself. It might even make you a better caregiver.
- Learn to advocate: Understanding the world of health care can be challenging. Helping your loved one with phone calls, scheduling, and appointments can help take some stress off of their plate.
- You are not alone —Engage your network: Utilize communication and organization tools to involve others in circles of care.
Additional Resources for Senior Cancer Caregivers
Caregiving as an older adult can pose numerous challenges. It can leave you feeling very isolated and confused about where to find help for both you and your loved one. The following resources can assist you in many aspects of your caregiving journey.
Meals for Senior Caregivers
Activities for Senior Caregivers
- City of Thornton – Active Adult Center: The center is available to individuals 62+ and provides a variety of programs including fitness classes, special events, trips, outdoor programs, health screenings, and a daily meal program. *Discounts available for residents of the City of Thornton, non–residents are welcome. Phone: 303-255-7850 9471
- Silver Sneakers: Low-Cost Fitness Program.
- YMCA of Metro Denver: Programs for Active Older Adults. Phone: 720-524-2700; Locations throughout the Metro area. Offers a variety of wellness and fitness classes as well as day trips, enrichment programs, clubs, and activities.
Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
This organization can be a wealth of information, resources, and support. Please contact your local AAA for more information:
- Denver Metro: Serving Adams, Arapahoe, Clear Creek, Douglas, Gilpin and Jefferson counties, the City and County of Broomfield, and the City and County of Denver. DRCOG Area Agency on Aging. Information & Assistance Line: (303) 480-670; Toll-free outside of Denver: (866) 959-3017.
- Boulder County: Boulder County Area Agency on Aging. Phone: (303) 441-3570.
- El Paso County: Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging. Phone: (719) 471-2096.
- Pueblo County: Pueblo Area Agency on Aging. Phone: (719) 583-6120.
**If your county is not listed above, please click here for a list of Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) for the State of Colorado.
- AARP: Toll-free caregiving resource line: 1-877-333-5885. Agents are available to take calls Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. The support line is also available in Spanish, at 1-888-971-2013.
- DRCOG Resource Library
- Eldercare Locator
- National Institute on Aging
- Seniors Bluebook
- Seniors Resource Guide
- 2-1-1 Colorado
- 9News Senior Source Section
ASCO Answers: Caring for a Loved One with Cancer Guide
For support or any questions about the information listed on this website, please contact one of our Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers oncology (RMCC) social workers who will be happy to provide further assistance.