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Take a break

Do not feel guilty about asking for someone else to help you or for leaving the person that you are caring for in respite care for a short time.

Respite care can be given at home, in a respite care centre or, in some cases, a hospital or hospice. It can range from 2–3 hours, overnight, or even for a few days.

Ask family for help

You may want to hold a family meeting to discuss how everyone can help. Tasks that can be done by or shared with others include:

  • Doing household chores such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, ironing or gardening
  • Driving the person with cancer to appointments
  • Looking up information on the internet
  • Picking up children from school or their other activities
  • Sitting and talking to the person you care for
  • Keeping other family members updated

Ways to cope

Set boundaries about what you can manage and when you need extra help:

  • Talk to charities or services that offer respite care
  • Look for additional help from community nurses or local patient services
  • Talk to occupational therapists about adaptions for the home
  • Use a diary to keep track of information, appointments and your own concerns
  • Don’t expect to be perfect in looking after the person with cancer

Find out more information about NETs, and support for NETs carers by contacting a patient support group in your country.

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