Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center

Care for Caregivers Support Group

To help keep our patients, families, and staff safe from the spread of infection, our support group is currently meeting virtually.

Care for Caregivers is intended to provide education, support, and peer networking opportunities to anyone who identifies as a patient caregiver. Our support group is designed around a trimester model that allows you to attend at your convenience. 

Each month will highlight a topic, with each week devoted to different aspects of the topic. Group meetings occur each week, unless otherwise noted. Clinicians from the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center and Radiation Oncology will lead group discussions.

Any adult caregiver of a Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center patient may attend. The support group is FREE. To attend, RSVP by the Friday before each meeting at caregiversupport@utsouthwestern.edu or call the HOPE line at 214-645-HOPE (4673) or 866-460-HOPE (4673). Feel free to email or call for additional information. It’s that simple!

Support Group Time and Location

When: Every Monday morning from 10:00 a.m.to 11:00 a.m. (No classes on 12/21 or 12/28)

Where: Groups are currently meeting virtually. You must RSVP for access.

Support Group Topics

Self-Care for Caregivers: Learn skills to enhance your overall wellness, using specific strategies to improve personal self-care practices. 

Advocacy for Care-Receiver: Develop competence in advocating for your loved one with consideration of how to embrace a collaborative approach to care. 

Maintaining and Enhancing Relationships: Strengthen or redefine current and previous relationships as you learn skills in boundary setting, communication, and support across family, friends, and medical team members. 

Meaning-Making in Caregiving: Renew your purpose and reclaim your energy as you reassess your commitment to providing care while being attuned to the values that guide your engagement. 

Support Group Schedule

  • January: Self-Care for Caregivers
  • February: Advocacy for the Care-Receiver
  • March: Maintaining and Enhancing Relationships
  • April: Meaning-Making in Caregiving
  • May: Self-Care for Caregivers
  • June: Advocacy for the Care-Receiver
  • July: Maintaining and Enhancing Relationships
  • August: Meaning-Making in Caregiving
  • September: Self-Care for Caregivers
  • October: Advocacy for the Care-Receiver
  • November: Maintaining and Enhancing Relationships
  • December: Meaning-Making in Caregiving