Resources and Points of Interest for Caregivers

Cancer caregivers have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in unique ways.

To support caregivers, we have gathered the following tips and resources below:

Staying Healthy

We understand that caregivers are concerned about becoming sick and passing it on to their loved ones. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure to COVID-19. Many precautions that you already take to avoid the spread of illness can be taken, such as:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are showing symptoms (particularly fever and cough) and practicing social distancing
  • Avoiding touching your nose, mouth, and eyes
  • Washing your hands frequently and vigorously with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom and before eating
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household disinfectant

Practicing Self-Care

It is always important for cancer caregivers to practice self-care throughout their loved one’s cancer journey, but it is even more crucial during this difficult time.

Keeping a routine while making time for fun and activities and staying in touch with family and friends can help reduce negative feelings and anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Fox Chase’s social workers are also available to support caregivers by providing counseling and additional resources.  

Resources While Waiting for Someone Receiving Treatment

In an effort to safeguard our patients and staff, and minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19, visitors are no longer able to accompany patients at all Fox Chase locations.

However, at our Main Campus, loved ones who wish to wait inside our facilities are permitted to wait in the Young Pavilion mezzanine area on the second floor (one person per patient). If you would like to do this, you will need to be screened and wear the mask that you are provided. Snacks, beverages and vending machines will be available.

If you would rather not wait, or if your loved one is being treated at one of our outpatient facilities, we recommend visiting local food and shopping options as well as points of interest in the nearby community.

We encourage you to wear masks and practice social distancing when you are out in public to protect yourself and minimize your risk of exposure.

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