HEALTH ALERT!  For the safety of our patients and staff, effective March 30, 2020, new patients and patients with disabilities will be permitted one visitor over the age of 15. No other visitors will be permitted into the clinic.  Family members and caretakers may participate in the appointments remotely by phone or video conference if desired. Compass is working with other health care providers in the area to help contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus. We are taking active steps to minimize your exposure to the virus. These steps include screening everyone who enters the clinic for signs of illness, banning most visitors in the clinic, minimizing our own staffing and allowing some employees to work from home, and frequent sanitation of the clinic. We are using personal protective equipment such as masks, gowns, gloves, and face-shields according to national guidelines. We are working to identify those patients whose visits or treatments can be safely delayed, and we will notify you of this if you have an upcoming visit.  We ask that you stay home if you have fever and/or cough.

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Patient Caretaker Guide: Resources to help family, friends, and others who give care

Having a loved one diagnosed with cancer is often an overwhelming experience. For many, life is changed completely. For family and friends, this can also mean more responsibility is needed to help support your loved one.  Caregivers are an essential part of the whole cancer care support team. Many people can feel thrown into a caregiver role and feel lost on how to navigate this complex new world. 

We've designed this Cancer Patient Caretaker Guide in order to help family and friends navigate the complicated issues cancer caregivers face. Within this guide, you will find information on how to support a loved one and yourself, obtain a better understanding of the healthcare team and learn about other supportive resources. In addition, you will find helpful worksheets to keep track of vital details.  

As always, your Compass team remains available for any questions or concerns.   

To receive a printed copy of the guide please ask your clinician or social worker, or click here to view a digital copy of the Patient Caretaker Guide.

CARETAKER RESOURCES

Mobile Apps:

  • Organizing/ Monitoring:
    • CareZone - "Health Info Organizer," CareZone helps caregivers keep track of medical information by organizing medication, allergies, insurance cards, and ID cards all in one place. Through the mobile app, caregivers can also create to-do lists to keep track of appointments and medication times. The app also curates news relevant to your loved one's illness, disability or condition.
    • LivingWith: build a circle of support, organize help for daily tasks, share how you’re feeling, keep important information from MD visits, write down questions, organize test results, labs and medications in one spot
    • Cancer.net App: track symptoms, medications and note questions for your healthcare team and access information from cancer.net regarding different cancer diagnosis and treatments
  • Caregiver Support:
    • 211info – resources for health and social services in Oregon/Southwest Washington
    • Alzheimer’s Caregiver Buddy: Support for caregivers with daily routine, communication, behaviors, how to deal with wandering, bathing, meals
    • First Aid by American Red Cross- First aid and CPR.
    • iTunes: Caregiving podcast network
    • iTunes: caregiver SOS
    • iTunes: Happy, healthy caregiver 
  • To Hire a Caregiver:
    • Care.com- helps you find temporary, qualified care for your loved ones — including caregivers specializing in the needs of people with disabilities and aging populations

Books:

  • The Caregiver Helpbook by Marilyn Cleland and Vicki Schmall, 2013- ISBN-13: 978-0615856100
  • Who Says Men Don’t Care? Gambone, James, Ph.D., Rhonda Travland, MS, 2011
  • Passages in Caregiving by Sheehy, Gail, Harper Collins, 2010
  • Start with Gratitude: Daily gratitude journal, 2018

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