If you are a relative or friend of someone who has mesothelioma, you may be caring for them. You may help with their everyday needs, such as:
- cooking meals
- helping around the house
- helping them with washing and bathing.
While you may be very happy to do this, there may come a time when you might need some extra support.
There are a number of health and social care professionals who can provide support for both you and the person you are caring for. Let your GP or nurse know if you need extra support. Caring for someone you love can be physically and emotionally difficult. If you have been looking after them for some time, you may start to feel tired. Let your GP or nurse know so that they can make sure that you both get the support you need.
It is important to look after yourself too. Remember that having some support and help can allow you to regain your previous relationship with the person with cancer.
If your relative or friend is making a compensation claim, it may be possible to get a short-term payment to help fund some of their care. If your relative or friend would like to consider this, they should discuss it with a solicitor.