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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

How to Improve Quality of Life During Cancer Care


There is nothing as devastating as finding out that a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer and has to endure the difficult treatments involved with cancer care. In addition to receiving treatments from an oncologist, there is a lot more that goes into regular cancer care. This includes help with everyday activities, taking medication and vitamins, and even occupational therapy (OT) and physical therapy (PT) to regain strength.

This is why many people undergoing cancer treatment also need additional care to make sure they are staying safe and healthy and that they can focus on their recovery.  The right care plan can improve the quality of life for anyone battling cancer.

Respite Care

Most individuals undergoing cancer treatment will be receiving a majority of their care at home from a family member or loved one. This may be a spouse, parent, child or a friend. Being a caregiver to someone who is recovering from cancer can be a big responsibility. This is where respite care comes in. This type of temporary care can provide relief to primary caregivers as needed. So, if your loved one normally needs help with daily activities while recovering from cancer, but you are unavailable that day or are going on a vacation, you can call in respite care providers to fill in as needed.

Home Care Agencies

There are a number of different at home care agencies that specifically work with individuals with cancer. These home care experts can provide care in the home, as needed. Whether patients need help with grooming and bathing in the morning, require assistance with medication management or need someone around-the-clock to look after them, there are home care agencies available that can help.

The benefit of these services is that they allow individuals with cancer to recover in the comfort of their own home, in a familiar environment, while still having the support they need to stay safe during this time.

Assisted Living

While many cancer patients may not think of assisted living as an option during their cancer treatment, it is actually becoming an increasingly common solution for those getting cancer treatment or those recovering from cancer. Assisted living communities aren’t exclusively for elderly adults who want to move out of their home and they don’t have to be permanent living solutions. These assisted living communities can help anyone receiving cancer treatment with their recovery by providing them with a safe and supportive environment during their treatment.

Many people struggling with cancer and those undergoing treatment such as chemotherapy and radiation deal with issues related to fatigue, weakness, weight loss, depression and more. These symptoms can make even the simplest of everyday activities dangerous and difficult. In assisted living communities, those recovering cannot only live in a safe environment, but have access to around-the-clock care and don’t have to worry about the responsibilities of maintaining their home.

Cancer care can be a complicated process, but the more you know about additional care services, the better off you and your loved one will be during this difficult journey.


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