Caring for Caregivers: Legal Tips to Help Those Who Care for Someone with Cancer

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John Doe (name changed) took time away from his job for what he believed was a much more impor­tant task, that of caring for his elderly parent who had cancer. He couldn’t imagine not giving his mother his full assistance, but he realized that he, too, needed support.

This leads to the question: When friends or family members wish to offer help and support—who looks out for them? After all, caring for someone who has cancer can be difficult, physically and emotionally. When a person decides to become a caregiver for a loved one, his or her duty to care for the other person, and the extent of the duty will depend on the specific situation in each case.

Caregiving duties can vary dramatically from person to person, but some elements are the same. Common caregiving duties may include helping with personal care, preparing meals, making sure the patient is taking the medication as prescribed, helping the patient move around the home, setting up medical appointments, and transporting the loved one to medical appointments and treatment.

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This article was written by CLRC staff attorney Shelly Rosenfeld and published in October 2019 by CONQUER Magazine.

Disclaimer: Through this article, the author is not engaged in rendering any legal or professional services by its publication or distribution. It is not intended to be legal advice or establish an attorney-client relationship.


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