Caregiver Resources & Support

Caregiver is a term that no one ever thinks will apply to them.

We start out as wives, fathers, daughters, partners, and friends — then things change, and we take on that mantle and care for those we love. Most of us never think of ourselves as “caregivers.” We are just doing what we can out of love and compassion, and maybe that is why people on the outside do not understand what a herculean task care-giving can be.

When things change and your loved one cannot work, many times a “caregiver” is called upon to juggle finances, investments, run a business, or manage a farm all the while taking care of a cherished loved one. There are no dress rehearsals for those roles. We are thrust upon the stage.

At Cancer Horizons, we recognize the work you do as a caregiver. We see behind the meals and medicine and know the water runs deeper, as does the stress and fatigue. This section is dedicated to resources you can turn to for help. Not all of them are specific to cancer, as caregivers come in many forms, and there is much to be learned in many places.

For instance, we look for organizations that have information about care-giving for the elderly. Caring for parents or older family members with cancer has become a real-life issue for people in their 30s and 40s. Other issues associated with age, such as Alzheimer’s, can complicate care and add to caregiver stress.

We welcome your comments, and please, if you know of other resources (especially in other languages) our community should hear about, please contact us here.


  • Caregivers Substance Abuse The demands of being a caregiver are many, and they can lead to physical and emotional exhaustion as well as mental disorders over time. Add substance abuse to the mix, and these effects can worsen.
  • Aging Care – Caregiver Support This site is specifically dedicated to caregivers whom are dealing with an elderly family member or partner with lots of open community Q&A.
  • Associated with Caregiver magazine, an extensive site covering all kinds of caretaking with a wealth of resources, such as a by-state support group listing you can find here
  • Founded in 1996 this site is deep with resources such as blogs by caregivers, self-care plans, free webinars, online support groups, and much more.
  • Caregiver Action Network CAN provides a wide range of education, peer support and resources to families and loved one across a wide range of chronic conditions, disabilities, and infirmities.
  • This site deals with a variety of care issues, the caregiver page has basic board-based information that is helpful, there is an online community to participate in by going here
  • Caregiver Stress This site focuses on elder-care, and has information on stopping and dealing with stress, having difficult conversations with loved ones, safety, nutrition, and more.
  • Family Caregiver Alliance Founded in the later part of the 1970’s this was the first community based group to address the needs of families and friends providing care for their loved ones.
  • National Hispanic Council on Aging We cannot find a site of information dedicated to Spanish Speaking caregivers and their loved ones (if you know one tell us) but this site does have some great information.
  • Hospice of the Comforter A Florida based a hospice which has a wealth of information available on end of life care and issues. They have an excellent guide for caregivers available here
  • Net of Care – Chinese Founded in 1907 The MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care via its organization the Net of Care has published an incredible free 178 page Guide for Asian Caregivers in English and Mandarin.
  • National Council for Aging Care is dedicated to connecting you and your family with the information you need to plan your future—and to agencies and organizations that can help make those plans a reality.
  • Net of Care – English Founded in 1907 The MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care via its organization the Net of Care has published a fantastic selection of free English Language PDF downloads on Caregiving