Santa Fe New Mexican

Relationships & Caregiving

Caregiving is about doing everything you can to help your loved one have a better quality of life. Physically, emotionally or mentally, you are on call to meet those needs, and that is an extremely challenging role. Caregiving can affect many aspects of your life, including your health, finances and overall well-being. If you need support, talk to your patient navigator about resources available to you. Local and online resources City of Santa Fe’s Senior Services offers caregiver support, including respite care, education, emotional support and home management. Programs are temporarily on hold. For current information, contact Lugi Gonzales at 505-955-4711 or email The New Mexico Aging and Long-term Services Department offers caregiver services and support. For more information, call 1-800-432-2080 or visit and look under the section, “Caregivers.” The American Cancer Society provides caregiving information and resources, including an online, interactive guide. Visit and look under “Treatment and Support” or call 1-800-227-2345. AARP has an extensive amount of information on caregiving, including a free “Prepare to Care: A Resource Guide for Families” available at caregiving/prepare-to-care-planning-guide-thank-you. Call 1-888-6872277 for more information. Caregiver Support Program offers free one-on-one peer support from Cancer Services of New Mexico. Call 505-259-9583 or visit A mentor meets with a caregiver through the Cancer Services of New Mexico’s peer support program.