Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"
I have a relative in another city that is coping with chemo treatments and having a very hard time. We can't be there to support her but want to somehow help her maintain her nutrition or her home. Are there food delivery services, cleaning services or other helpful support options available? We can pay for some but would like to point her to anything that she can get for low or no cost.
Christina Bach, MSW, LCSW, Social Worker at the University of Pennsylvania, responds:
This is a great time to put your internet search skills to the test. Utilize your favorite search engine (I use google) to search for delivery services, cleaning agencies and support groups/services that are available.
Utilize web based lists like craigslist to find cleaning services, pet care suppliers, etc in other cities.
There are some other cancer service organizations that provide homemaker grants and home delivered meals---but these are almost always based in local markets. Contact the American Cancer Society (1-800-ACS-2345), the local Wellness Community branch, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or Cancer Care. These agencies can be great jumping off points to find local service agencies or even individuals who want to volunteer and "give back."
This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. See the entire transcript: Surviving & Thriving During the Holidays Webchat.