In survivorship, patients may need nonclinical resources to help with day-to-day life and transitioning back into their normal routine. A wide range of resources and help are available, including support groups and counseling, hair care and wigs, financial assistance, nutrition and meal delivery, medical equipment, transportation, and rehabilitative therapies.
Jordan Henderson, BSN, RN, OCN, ONN-CG, a survivorship navigator at the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, discusses how Sarah Cannon has partnered with Wellist to provide trusted and vetted local and national resources to patients and caregivers in one convenient place, free of charge.
“What makes this different from a Google search is that the program customizes your resources based off of your specific needs,” Jordan says. “Patients are encouraged to build a profile, but the service is also available to caregivers, including family members or friends.”
Wellist’s web-enabled program builds a personalized resource list based on a patient’s data such as age, disease site, location and specific needs. Users can choose to input as much or as little personal information as they feel comfortable with, but the additional data entered creates a more customized resource list. The list is then categorized by cost, location and disease site and is available in more than 200 languages.
Those who prefer to speak with someone can call a Wellist representative directly. Wellist professionals understand what you’re going through and are available for a consultation Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 6:00pm CT.
Finding the help you need
Everyone has different needs, and this is where Wellist can be a valuable resource.
For example, if a patient has chemotherapy appointments that last a full day and needs someone to walk their dog, they can use Wellist to find a dog walking service or volunteers who can help. Or, if a family member is going through treatment and is too fatigued to make their own meals or go to the grocery store, Wellist can assist by finding a home meal delivery service close by that is affordable (or possibly even free).
Wellist will provide local resources based on the patient’s location and will prioritize Sarah Cannon and HCA Healthcare-specific resources first. For example, if there is a resource specifically at an HCA facility, such as a navigator-led support group, it will pop up first.
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