Six things caregivers can do while visting MD Anderson
Like cancer patients, caregivers are subject to stress
throughout their loved ones’ cancer
treatment. Taking time to participate in a stress-relieving activity
may help ease anxiety, especially if you’re
to MD Anderson from out of town or staying at the hospital for an extended
We offer a variety of programs and services especially for
our caregivers. Here are six things caregivers can do while at MD Anderson:
Visit the chapels:
For many caregivers, helping a loved one through their cancer journey is a test
of faith. The Freeman-Dunn
Chapel in the Main Building, the Muslim Prayer Room in the Main Building, the
Louise J. Morgan Chapel in the Lowry and Peggy Mays Clinic are open to
anyone of any faith who needs time to pray or meditate.
Enjoy the greenery
and scenery: Our parks,
gardens and green spaces are designed to promote healing. Favorite “escapes” locations around campus
Main Building, outside
— Stroll through the Dorothy H. Hudson Memorial Garden in front of the main
hospital entrance for a visual treat of color and texture and more than 500
Main Building, Floor 3
— Pull up a chair inside and gaze across the Dorothy H. Hudson Garden from the
air-conditioned comfort by the Gazebo landmark.
Observation Deck – This area features tables, sofas, desks, a grand piano and
great views of the Texas Medical Center and downtown Houston.
International — Visit the Well of Life and surrounding grounds and enjoy peace
and quiet in the shade.
Mays Clinic, Floor 2 — Many
secluded patios offer seating, greenery and respite.
Mays Clinic, Floor 8 — Visit
three Texas-themed gardens, each representing a different geographic region of
Take a class: Our
Medicine Center offers group
classes in both the Main Building and the Mays Clinic. Classes include yoga
and meditation, or focus on other cancer-related issues. These classes are an opportunity
to meet other caregivers and learn something new. If you’re feeling stressed or
worried, try scheduling an appointment for acupuncture
or a massage.
Visit a support
group: Being a caregiver can be isolating at times. But finding support in
relating to your fellow caregivers may help. MD
Anderson offers onsite and online support groups for caregivers. The Anderson
Network Hospitality Centers in the Main Building and the Mays Clinic offer
coffee, juice, understanding and fellowship.
Donate blood and
platelets: Our patients require approximately 200 units of red blood cells
and 600 units of platelets every day. Donating blood and platelets is a simple
and relatively quick process that caregivers
can participate in while their loved ones are resting.
Visiting the MD
Anderson Blood Bank and giving blood doesn’t just provide cancer patients
with a necessary resource; it gives them hope and provides them with support.
By donating blood you’ll let our patients know you care.
Often, patients are focused on feeling better and fighting cancer, which can
mean the caregivers must be the ones with all the information. But researching
on your own may be daunting. The
Learning Center, our free consumer health library located in the Main
Building, the Rotary House and the Mays Clinic, offers current and reliable
information about health, cancer and cancer prevention. In addition, if you’re
looking for something entertaining, the Patient/Family
Library in the Main Building provides book, magazines, newspapers, puzzles,
audio books and CD players.
For more information on services
for caregivers, visit the MD Anderson Concierge and Information desks
located throughout our hospital and clinics or talk to a social worker. Or,
download the MD
Anderson Mobile app for Apple or Android phones and tablets.
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