Women in treatment need help in many ways. This information is perfect for taking to a women's service club or a hospitality ministry at a church so they can divide up a list and share the tasks. None of these lists are meant for one caregiver to tackle alone. Surprise blessings come to those committed to helping others.


*Note: Women in treatment have a compromised immune system. Offer help only when you are healthy.

Home Management

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  • Put a box of disposable masks by the front door for guests to use if they are not healthy.
  • Bring a letter opener and offer to help sort mail.
  • Bring stamps, a pen, and a box of thank you notes, and offer to help write them.
  • Offer to make phone calls for appointments and other commitments.
  • Ask if she needs help making sense of her insurance and medical bills. (Find someone to help her if she does.)
  • Take out the trash. (Take notice if she needs trash bags.)
  • Offer to pull weeds from the garden.
  • Ask if you can start a load of laundry or fold a load from the dryer.
  • Bring a meal for her family in a disposable container, label it, and put it in the freezer
  • *Let her give you money if she offers to pay for anything.* 

Children

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  • Offer to take the kids out at meal time (and bring back something for Mama).
  • Take the kids outside and play catch or hoops or blow bubbles.
  • Offer to pick up needed school supplies with the kids.
  • Have the kids for a sleepover one night.
  • *Let her give you money if she offers to pay for anything.* 

Pets

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  • Walk the dog.
  • Offer to pick up pet food and supplies.
  • Make an appointment and take the dog to the groomer.
  • *Let her give you money if she offers to pay for anything.* 

Groceries and Other Errands

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  • Help her make a grocery list and order her groceries through a service like Target or Walmart (and then go pick them up).
  • If she has fresh fruits or vegetables in the house, make sure they are washed and *peeled* to protect her from parasites.
  • Drop off/Pick up prescriptions. (Know her address and date of birth.)
  • Take her car and fill her gas tank.
  • Offer to run other errands for her (bank, dry cleaning, etc.).
  • Offer to take her to church.
  • *Let her give you money if she offers to pay for anything.* 

Holidays

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  • Help her make lists: menus, gifts, guests, Christmas card addresses, etc.
  • Offer to do her shopping.
  • Help her decorate
  • Bring gift wrap, gift tags, ribbon or bows, a pen, tape, and scissors, and offer to wrap gifts.
  • Bring a box of thank you notes and stamps, and help her address them. Then offer to mail them.
  • Bring disposable face masks that cover her mouth and nose to protect her in public.
  • *Let her give you money if she offers to pay for anything.* 

Deliveries

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If you just want to drop off some things, standard items that are helpful include:

  • Plastic cutlery (because of metal mouth)
  • Tissues
  • Toilet paper
  • Bottled water
  • Mouthwash
  • Hand sanitizer that contains a moisturizer
  • *NO FRESH FLOWERS*

Food items that are generally helpful include:

  • Gatorade or Pedialyte
  • Muffins
  • Tortilla chips
  • Popcorn
  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Chicken pot pie
  • Sandwich ingredients
  • Popsicles
  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Pudding
  • Soups in non-metal packaging

 *Let her give you money if she offers to pay for anything.*