Tips to Support Someone Undergoing Infusion Therapy

Infusion therapy can be a challenging experience for patients, but with the right support, it can become a more manageable part of their treatment journey. Alicia Barron, Executive Director of Infusion Access Foundation, shares valuable insights on how to support loved ones undergoing infusion therapy.

Common Challenges and How to Help


Patients undergoing infusion therapy often face several challenges, including:

Transportation and Scheduling:

Infusion therapy sessions may require assistance with transportation, especially if the patient is unable to drive.

Coordinating schedules can be difficult, particularly if the infusion center is far from home. Offering to drive the patient or helping to arrange transportation can be incredibly beneficial.



For patients with young children, finding reliable childcare is essential. Offering to babysit during infusion sessions can relieve a significant burden and allow the patient to focus on their treatment.


Dealing with Side Effects: 

Infusion therapy can come with various side effects, such as fatigue and nausea. Offering practical help, like preparing meals or running errands, can make a big difference to the patient’s recovery and comfort.


Insurance and Financial Concerns:

Navigating insurance and financial issues can be overwhelming. Helping the patient understand their insurance coverage, locate financial assistance programs, or handle paperwork can provide much-needed relief.

Preparing for the First Infusion Session

For those new to infusion therapy, preparation can help alleviate anxiety:


Research and Questions

Write down any questions for the infusion nurse beforehand to ensure all concerns are addressed.

Rest and Hydration

Get a good night’s sleep and stay well-hydrated in the days leading up to the infusion. This can make the procedure smoother and more comfortable.

Comfort and Entertainment

Bring items to stay entertained, such as books, a phone with a charger, or a cozy sweatshirt designed for infusion treatments (IV Hoody or Be Well). Keeping warm can also help with vein visibility.

Resources from Infusion Access Foundation

Infusion Access Foundation provides numerous resources to assist patients and their families:

1. Education Hub: Offers information on preparing for infusion therapy, understanding insurance, and more.

2. Infusion Center Locator: Helps find convenient infusion centers.

3. Infusion Resource Finder: Locates patient assistance programs and support services.

4. Patient Stories: Shares experiences from others to provide hope and inspiration.

5. Advocacy Opportunities: Encourages patients and families to get involved in advocacy, making a positive impact on the broader community.


The Power of Support Groups

Support groups can be incredibly impactful:

1. Peer Connection: Connecting with others who understand the challenges of living with a chronic illness can provide invaluable emotional support.

2. Variety and Persistence: It’s important to try different support groups to find the right fit. There are in-person and virtual options available.

3. Giving Back: Once stable, offering support to others can be rewarding and provide a sense of purpose.

Supporting someone undergoing infusion therapy involves a combination of practical help, emotional support, and utilizing available resources. By being proactive and compassionate, you can significantly improve their experience and overall well-being.