National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month!

National Family Caregivers

November is designated as National Family Caregivers Month. JamesCare for Life is recognizing the important role of caregivers by presenting special programming during November. Programs are offered free of charge and open to family caregivers of cancer survivors. Registration information is below.

For more information, please email or call JamesCare for Life at 614-293-6428.




Ask the Expert: Legal and Financial Information

Thursday, Nov. 9
6 – 7:30 p.m.

The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
Wasserstrom Conference Room – L035
460 W. 10th Ave.

Legal and financial information, from a practicing attorney, designed to help caregivers plan for the future. Program will also be available online via live stream.


Caregiver Support Group – Online!

Tuesday, Nov. 14
(meets the second Tuesday of each month)

6 – 7 p.m.

This is an online support group for caregivers of cancer survivors. You will have the opportunity to connect with other caregivers face to face in a virtual environment. Participation in this group will require use of a smart phone and access to Wi-Fi. Register to receive instructions on how to access this group.


Retreat for Caregivers

Saturday, Nov. 4
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River
Wetland Research Park
Heffner Teaching and Research Building
352 W. Dodridge St.

This half-day retreat is just for you to take care of you. Join other caregivers for a retreat that is designed especially with caregivers in mind and will include resources and respite for a rejuvenating day focused on learning the art of self-care.  You will have the chance to experience an integrative therapy such as massage, reflexology, or Urban Zen Integrative Therapy. Practitioners will show how you can reduce stress and find moments of respite! Hear firsthand from a caregiver about coping during difficult times. Please note that space is limited for this retreat and for caregivers only.





Concerts will be offered throughout the month of November as part of the Heather Pick Memorial Concert Series. All performances (with the exception of the Nov. 2nd opera) will take place at The James, Lobby or 1st floor.  Registration is not required.

Tiffany Envid, Harp

Thursdays, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30
11 a.m. – noon

Medicine and the Arts/Opera Columbus present “#UncleJohn”

Thursday, Nov. 2
Noon – 1:00 p.m.

160 Meiling Hall

This performance will also be lived streamed to inpatient rooms. Tune to Channel 2.

United States Air Force Band of Flight – Wright Brass

Tuesday, Nov. 7
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Kelly Vaughn, Guitar

Mondays, Nov. 13, 27
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.



Video Library

Available for on-demand viewing.

Videos include:

  • Basics of Meal Planning
  • Caregiving 101
  • Caregivers Need Care Too: Tips for Managing Stress
  • Caregivers and Multiple Roles
  • Organization Tips for Caregivers



H.O.P.E. Peer Support Program

HOPEProgramlogoH.O.P.E. (Helping Others through Peer Experiences) provides one-to-one peer support that assists patients and caregivers in adjusting to living with, through and beyond a diagnosis of cancer. The James will provide this support by facilitating confidential connections between trained volunteers whose experiences with cancer are similar to those currently needing support. We hope to create positive cancer journey experiences through compassionate peer connections.

For more information about this peer support program or to sign up, please visit the H.O.P.E. webpage or call 614-293-8771