COVID-19 Supportive Care Online Resources

As part of our commitment to keeping patients and staff safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to modify how we offer Supportive Care services including wellness classes and support groups. We know how valuable these programs are to our patients and we are dedicated to finding new ways to help those with cancer take an active role in achieving a calmer mind during this stressful time.

Included below is information and online resources for patients and caregivers to use during this unprecedented time. We are actively working to expand our Supportive Care online resources so please continue to check this page for updates.

Many Ridley-Tree Cancer Center Supportive Care departments are providing support and individual consultations via Telehealth appointments. Please see individual department pages for more information. To learn more about Telehealth visits, please click here


Oncology Social Work

    Online Support Groups

    While our regular in-person support groups are unable to meet during this time, we encourage patients and caregivers seeking to connect with others to check out the following online support groups. 

    The following online support groups are not associated with nor facilitated by Ridley-Tree Cancer Center staff. As with all online interactions, please guard your personal information carefully. Never share information such as passwords, home address, phone numbers, credit card/bank information, or social security numbers. If you have any suspicious or concerning interactions in these groups, please reach out to the organization’s support team. Review the terms of agreement carefully before participating in any online group. 

    • CancerCare: CancerCare offers many online support groups led by oncology social workers and weekly telephone support groups. Call (800) 813-4673.
    • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's live, weekly online chats provide patients and caregivers a friendly forum to share experiences and connect with others. All chats are moderated by an oncology social worker. They’re currently offering a Coronavirus (COVID-19) chat for patients and caregivers. Call (800) 955-4572.
    • Cancer Support Community – Cancer Support Helpline: The Cancer Support Helpline is staffed by counselors and resources specialists who are available to provide emotional support as well as information and referrals to local, regional and national resources to anyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis. Counselors and resource specialists can be reached by phone or live chat. Services are provided in English and Spanish. Call (888) 793-9355.

    Patient Grants and Financial Assistance

    Several grants are available to patients and community members who are in need of financial assistance due to the ongoing public health emergency. Please visit the websites linked below for information on eligibility and how to apply:

    • COVID-19 Joint Response Grants: United Way of Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara Foundation, and Hutton Parker Foundation are leading a countywide collaborative with members of the Foundation Roundtable to provide assistance to individuals and families as well as organizations actively engaged in assistance efforts for members of the community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Individual financial support is available to help struggling community members secure and maintain basic needs, cover unexpected child care and education expenses, and recover from loss of wages due to business closures and social distancing measures. Call (805) 965-8591.
    • CancerCare: CancerCare offers several financial support programs including a COVID-19 fund for patients in active treatment to help with costs including food, medications, general household expenses, transportation, home care and child care. They also list many additional COVID-19 financial resources available to cancer patients. Call (800) 675-8416.
    • HealthWell Foundation: The HealthWell Foundation is offering assistance with costs associated with delivered food, medication, diagnostics, transportation and telehealth as a result of COVID-19 risk or incidence. Call (800) 675-8416.

    Mind & Body Wellness Resources

    While our Wellness Programs and Classes are temporarily cancelled to help protect the health and safety of our patients and staff, we encourage patients and caregivers to try the resources below. Engaging in self-care and wellness activities can help manage side effects, reduce stress and support healing.

    Yoga & Exercise

    • Yoga Anytime: Ridley-Tree Cancer Center yoga instructor, Cheri Clampett, is one of the many yoga teachers on Yoga Anytime. Not only does this website have videos on therapeutic poses for cancer patients, but it also has offerings on immune health, anxiety, stress reduction. Type in “Cheri” in the promo box, for a 30 day free trial (after that is $18 a month).
    • Yoga4Cancer: Yoga4cancer is currently making several of their online yoga classes available for free. They’re also offering a free weekly live streaming class through May 3. 
    • Yoga with Adriene: Yoga for Uncertain Times: This YouTube playlist includes several yoga exercises such as Yoga for Loneliness, Yoga for Stress Management, and Gentle Yoga. 
    • Santa Barbara Public Library Streaming Services: The Santa Barbara Public Library offers free access to digital ebooks, audiobooks, movies, magazines. Hoopla’s collection includes relaxing music, qigong and exercise videos and much more. A library card is required. 

    Meditation & Mindfulness

    Oncology Nutrition

    Grocery Delivery Services

    Our Oncology Dietitian Nutritionists put together the following resources. To download a pdf of the list, click here.

    Santa Barbara and Surrounding Areas:

    • Instacart: Instacart allows you to shop local grocery stores online. Once you create your shopping list, an Instacart shopper goes to the store for you and delivers your groceries to your door. Delivery available from Gelson’s, Smart & Final, Vons, Albertsons, Ralphs, Costco, Bevmo!, Sprouts, CVS and Petco. 
    • Whole Foods Market: Home delivery available to Amazon Prime members only. Due to increased demand, new users must request an invitation.
    • Zoomers to Boomers: Zoomers to Boomers is a team of young volunteers looking to help our community and deliver groceries to our neighbors who are elderly or immunocompromised. No delivery fee or tips are necessary. Delivery available Monday – Friday. 
    • Foodbank Santa Barbara County: The Foodbank is hosting additional food distributions in several community locations. Many locations offer a drive-thru option to minimize contact, and others are scheduling food pick-up appointments for individuals. Home delivery is available for seniors. For more information, call 211.

    Santa Ynez Valley:

    Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

    CSAs allow community members to purchase a subscription or membership to receive weekly deliveries of fresh, seasonal produce directly from local farms. Many provide organic/pesticide free produce and optional add-ons:

    Restaurant Delivery and/or Take Out

    These websites and mobile apps provide delivery services for multiple restaurants:

    More information about local restaurants offering delivery and/or takeout:

    Delivery of Prepared Meals

    • The Silver Pantry: The Silver Pantry provides gourmet meals tailored to seniors and those recovering from illness, such as cancer patients or surgery. All meals are low sodium and prepared locally, and delivered fresh, never frozen. Meals are tailored to a variety of special diets and flexible delivery options are available. Call (805) 419-0202.
    • Organic Soup Kitchen: The Organic Soup Kitchen delivers vegan Soup Meals designed to provide a full spectrum of nutrients to cancer patients. A sliding scale program is available for low-income individuals. Call (805) 364-2790. 
    • Santa Barbara Meals on Wheels: Meals on Wheels is dedicated to delivering an affordable, freshly-prepared meal 365 days a year to elderly and homebound residents of our community, providing both nutrition and personal interaction in support of their effort to live independently, with dignity. Call (805) 683-1565.
    • Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County: CAC’s Meals on Wheels delivers daily, nutritious meals to more than 700 homebound seniors every year.
      • North County (805) 925-3010
      • South County (805) 964-8857 ext. 1140

    Delivery of Meal Kits

    • Sun Basket: Sun Basket delivers ready to cook meal kits that include all the ingredients and recipes needed to prepare healthy meals. Weekly menus can be customized to accommodate special diets. Call (866) 786-2758.
    • Green Chef: Choose from a variety of meal plans and receive pre-measured, prepped ingredients and recipes with step-by-step instructions and photos. Weekly menus can be customized to accommodate special diets. Call (888) 236-7295

    Resource Library


    LibraryThese online research guides contain links to recommended websites, online resources, and information on materials available at the Resource Library. Guides are available for various cancer types and cancer related topics such as caregiving, lymphedema and stress reduction. For more information, visit the InfoGuides page.

    Virtual Book Club

    The Resource Library partners with the Santa Barbara Public Library to bring a monthly book club to Ridley-Tree Cancer Center. Since we are not able to meet in person during this time, we invite you to join us for a virtual book club on the third Wednesday of each month, 10:00 – 11:00 am. For more information and upcoming dates, please visit our online calendar.

      Coping Tips

      Santa Barbara Independent - 10 Ways to Manage Your COVID-19 Stress: Dr. Jay Winner, family physician at Sansum Clinic, offers tips for coping with pandemic panic.

      Adult Wellness Ideas During COVID-19: Wellness ideas from the Santa Barbara Unified School District's Restorative Approaches Coordinator.

      Centers for Disease Control - COVID-19 Daily Life and Coping: Learn how you can plan, prepare, and cope with stress before and during a COVID-19 outbreak.

      MD Anderson – 7 Ways to Stay Healthy When You’re Stuck at Home

      UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences – Resources to Support Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Outbreak: Wealth of information and resources for anyone impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Also includes information specifically families; older adults and caregivers; and low-income, undocumented individuals, and immigrants.

      Harvard Health Publishing - Coping with coronavirus: A series of webinars and podcasts on dealing with stress, anxiety, and a range of other emotions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


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