A cancer diagnosis can have an impact on a person’s ability to perform daily tasks or do things they normally would have been able to or want to do. Whether they have a carer or someone to help, providing practical support can be a really meaningful way to support someone through their cancer diagnosis.
If you are considering helping someone you know in a practical way, first think about what you are good at and what you would like to offer as practical support. Be sure to always ask or offer before doing anything.
Some examples of practical support include:
- Feed pets or walk the dog
- Prepare a meal
- Help around the house e.g. make the bed, hang out the washing or help with the ironing
- Look after the children, arrange school pick-up and drop-off, or arrange a roster of friends to provide support
- Provide transport to appointments or for shopping
- Help to set up online shopping
- Help in the garden
- Go for a walk with them or offer to pick them up to catch up for coffee or a meal
- Offer to coordinate any sharing of information to family and friends