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Choosing a Caregiver

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Role of the Caregiver

The Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant program at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin has served adult patients since 1981 and pediatric patients since 1982.

 

Choosing a Caregiver

 

Choosing a caregiver is a very important part of the transplant process. Your caregiver can be anyone close to you, such as a parent, spouse, partner or other close friend. Your caregiver will assist you in all aspects of your recovery from your transplant, both in the hospital and after you come home.

 

Thing to Consider When Choosing a Caregiver

  • Woman and manWe recommend each patient have a designated caregiver because there may be times during your recovery when you will be too ill to care for yourself. 
  • Your caregiver should be able to stay with you in your home for at least the first month following transplant. Choose someone that you would feel comfortable living with for that amount of time.
  • Your caregiver may need to help you with monitoring your medicines and flushing your PICC line. Choose someone you would trust with these responsibilities.
  • You may have to be at the hospital for long periods of time. Is this person comfortable in the hospital setting?
  • Ideally, your caregiver will be able to take you to and from your medical appointments after discharge.
  • Your caregiver may have to be away from work for an extended period. Are they able to take a leave or an extended absence from work? Does she or he have a good means of support that will allow for unpaid time off?
  • Will your caregiver support your health care choices?
  • Will your caregiver be a strong advocate for you?
  • Consider ways your existing relationship with the caregiver may change after the transplant
  • You may choose to have multiple helpers. Ask your social worker for assistance in setting up a care team for when you are recovering after transplant.