The Whole You

Community Resource Connection

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The Whole You, a pilot program in partnership with
The Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center, works with adults being treated for cancer or other blood disorders and their families, by providing assistance, free of charge, accessing social support services and other community resources.

A cancer or blood disorder diagnosis can be shocking and overwhelming, making it difficult to navigate other aspects of "normal" life while trying to understand options and move forward with treatment.  CaringMatters is proud to partner with The Aquilino Cancer Center to support those facing these serious illnesses and their families by helping meet needs that are outside the realm of prescribed medical treatments. The goal is to help individuals improve quality of life and maintain the highest possible ability to function within the community throughout medical treatment and beyond.

For more information, contact

Marie Daly,

Community Resource Specialist

301-850-4506 or maried@caringmatters.org

Social supports and other resources include, but are not limited to:

  • Support groups for people with cancer

  • Caregiver Support Groups

  • Companionship/friendly visitors (virtual support while pandemic restrictions are in place)

  • Respite Care

  • Transportation

  • Small grants to help with non-medical needs

  • Food

  • Housing

  • Clothing

  • Pet care

* During the pandemic, CaringMatters' trained volunteers provide social and emotional support and virtual companionship, staying connected through frequent phone calls, notes, cards, text, email and  video calls. These important interactions offer reassurances that they are not alone as they face their health challenges. 

"We had some very different challenges - non-medical - my elderly mom did not have internet or a smartphone and was living alone. She needed help with meals. CaringMatters' staff went out of their way and thought out of the box during the holidays. They took the time to help my mom during Thanksgiving when they should've been with their families."  - The Whole You Client Family Member

"I'm still learning, trying to figure out everything, and sometimes it can get a little overwhelming. But with Eva's help everything is a little easier." - The Whole You Client

Eva Cowen, CaringMatters' Community Resource Specialist with The Whole Program, was the guest on Engage@Home, the YouTube Channel of the Montgomery County Caregiver Support Program.

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The Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center is the first community-based, free-standing, comprehensive cancer center in Montgomery County. Multidisciplinary cancer care team members work together in this one facility. CaringMatters' Community Resource Specialist, Marie Daly, works directly with patients and families with offices at both the Aquilino Center in Rockville, Maryland, and CaringMatters' office in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

The Whole You is funded in part by the Healthcare Initiative Foundation.

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