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The Value of Home Care for Seniors Fighting Cancer

Posted: 9/25/2019 8:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Sadly, many of us have dealt with cancer either as a patient, or as a friend or family member to someone who received a diagnosis. If you are currently serving as a caregiver for a senior loved one who is fighting cancer, you are a critical part of the fight. 

 

Whatever the prognosis, you are a critical source of support, encouragement, love and assistance. But while you are being counted on to provide this care, it can also be a tremendous strain. While helping your loved one, you are simultaneously battling your own emotions and trying to care for your own needs. 

 

To help augment the care you are providing your senior loved one, home care is an excellent option. Senior home care services can make a tremendous difference in the life of a senior living with cancer, and can also help to make this experience better for you.

 

It’s normal to feel some hesitation when considering home care for senior loved ones who are fighting cancer. You are being flooded with emotions right now while pushing through times that are extremely challenging for anyone! But while your loved one is counting on you to provide care and support, home care can serve as a complement to your care, alleviating some of the stress while ensuring your loved one is comfortable and receiving the highest level of care. 

 

Here are just some of the ways senior home care services can help you care for your senior loved ones fighting cancer:

Provide Transportation

Your senior home care provider can assist with transportation to and from doctor's appointments and treatments. This frees your loved one to schedule these appointments at the most convenient times for them, rather than having to worry about your schedule and conflicts, removing stress for you and your loved one.

Help Around the House

A home health aide can also provide assistance with housekeeping tasks like laundry, dishes and cleaning. This frees your loved one from the mental and physical stress of chores, opening up time to spend on hobbies, self care and time with loved ones.

Emotional Support

Dealing with the day-to-day realities of cancer, and the feelings of overwhelm and isolation that come with them, can be taxing on seniors. And your loved one may not want to burden you with feelings of stress or anguish. A home health aide can provide emotional support to help manage the impact of the disease and keep your loved one from feeling isolated.

Medication Reminders

Often times, a cancer diagnosis is accompanied by a range of medications. It can be difficult to track them all! With senior home care services, a home health aide can provide medication reminders to help your loved one stay on track. 

You and your senior loved ones deserve the best possible care.

Senior home care services can help you and your loved ones weather the tough times that are faced with a cancer diagnosis. Here at Interim HealthCare, we understand the unique challenges and stressors that families deal with while fighting cancer. Our home care services were designed to deliver compassionate, exceptional service to help alleviate stress and keep your loved one comfortable and healthy. Contact the Interim HealthCare location nearest you to learn more about our senior home care services.