Bone Marrow Transplant is a major procedure and requires a good deal of preparation and planning before the patient is admitted to the hospital. Hence it’s the responsibility of the family to help patient, follow the transplant process. Responsibilities include:
to write down any questions you may have and bring them to any meeting you have with your transplant team.
ask your physician about any query during and after transplant. This will make family and caregivers more informed and comfortable about the Bone Marrow Transplant process.
Candidates and their support persons must be able to work closely with the entire transplant team.
Patient and the caregiver should be aware that the care-giving role will change over time. Stages of caregiver responsibilities may stretch through
CAREGIVER RESPONSIBILITIES MAY INCLUDE:
a. Pre-transplant period
b. Hospital Stay
11.1.During pre-Transplant Period, Caregivers May Need To:
a. Act as advocate; for the patient.
b. Attend physician appointments; to take notes and ask questions.
c. Help with other needs; patient may have.
11.2. During Transplant Period, Caregivers May Need To:
While patient is in the hospital, caregivers should be available to;
a. Visit patient (but only one is allowed for reasons of infection control)
b. Provide emotional support and encouragement.
c. Update family and friends about how patient is doing.
11.3. During Post-Transplant Period, Caregivers May Need To:
Post-transplant caregivers may need to;
a. Help patient with catheter care or intravenous or I.V. medication.
b. If needed or as advised, drive patient to physician appointments a couple times a week.
c. Make sure patient eat properly and prepare meals, if necessary.
d. Help patient take your medications on time.
e. Do household chores that physician will not permit patient to do.
f. Run errands.
g. Inform the BMT Team of changes in patient’s health.