A transplant is not possible without the support of Caregivers. A Caregiver is usually needed to be with a BMT patient 24 hours per day, seven days per week during certain times of the transplant process. The time commitment for a caregiver can range from 1 week to 3 months or more depending on the type of transplant you receive. Your coordinator will discuss your specific Caregiver requirements.
Caregiver duties may include assisting with medications, providing medical care, providing transportation to and from the clinic, cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, and handling emergent situations. We rely on Caregivers to relay information about the patient’s physical and emotional well-being.
In addition, Caregivers are often responsible for ensuring that changes in the patient’s medications or treatment plan are carried out at home. If you are considering a transplant, you will need to identify who may serve in the role of Caregiver for you during your transplant. Sometimes it is one individual, but often times several people share in the responsibility of providing 24 hour care.