February: Honoring Caregivers

Caregivers Flag

Are you a family member or friend helping a loved one during cancer treatment? As a caregiver you can best help others by taking good care of yourself too. There are many resources available to help caregivers be the best they can be.

"Coffee Break" Sessions

RCC volunteers host 30 minute “coffee break” sessions for caregivers at the center daily. The coffee break is an opportunity for caregivers who are in the building with loved ones to meet other caregivers, and support one another in their role as a caregiver. Coffee and light refreshments are provided.

Contacts: Maryann Frontino or Sherri Siegel, (814) 838-9000.

Champions: Caregiver Support Group

Art will be incorporated as a tool for conversation and healing. Allow yourself to reflect and relax with activities that focus on stress, pain, and anxiety relief and experience activities that allow you to cope with your emotional stress and worry.

Not all activities involve an artistic edge. For those who are intimidated by art or don’t enjoy it, there are activities that focus on writing or just thought.

  • Location: Regional Cancer Center
  • Hours: Call for schedule
  • Contact: Sherri Siegel, 814-836-2667

Pennsylvania Advance Health Care Directive

There is no better gift to give the people you care about than providing them clear directions regarding your medical care, should you become unable to speak for yourself. During times of good health, thinking about advanced directives can give you clarity and comfort in your decisions.

Pennsylvania Advance Health Care Directive is an easy to read document that helps you to clearly communicate your medical preferences when it matters most. Who will speak for you if you are unable? What type of treatment do you want? What is not acceptable treatment? Your decision on organ donation and any other important information you’d like your loved ones to know.

Contacts: Ann Marie Cronk, (814) 836-2618 or Maryann Frontino, (814) 836-2636

Caregivers may also find the following websites helpful.