A loved one receiving a cancer diagnosis is a lot for families to process. Feelings of confusion, anger, and grief can arise, and navigating the medical system can be challenging. In addition, because most cancer treatments occur on an outpatient basis, a spouse, adult child, or other trusted relative or friend is often called upon to provide the care assistance needed for the person with cancer. Although caregiving can be a deeply rewarding and satisfying experience, and many family members find a sense of accomplishment in helping their loved one, caregiving can also be draining, frustrating, and physically taxing. Compound this with the emotional aspect of dealing with a loved one’s serious illness, and it all quickly becomes overwhelming. Family caregivers are often forced to cut hours at work or even retire in order to care for a loved one, and their own needs and desires may fall by the wayside in the process. Depression and burnout are both common in family caregivers to cancer patients. That is why home care services are so important during cancer care.
A reliable, professional caregiver is an essential part of an individual’s cancer treatment and recovery process at home and can provide as much or as little assistance as required. Private, in-home cancer care can offer respite care and take some of the pressure off of family members. This enables family caregivers to focus more on their relationships and handle day-to-day personal tasks and chores without worrying that they are neglecting care needs for their loved one.
Professional caregivers from an agency such as Aware Senior Care serve as home health aides and companions, and provide a variety of services from personal care to transportation to medical appointments to housekeeping and meal preparation. They will work with you to create a custom care plan for a loved one and adapt that plan as needs evolve. Because this care is provided in the privacy of home, it also helps to ensure that the cancer patient stays as comfortable and safe as possible while receiving care.
At Aware Senior Care, a division of Home Care Assistance, our highly trained and compassionate caregivers are here to help ease the difficulties of living with a cancer diagnosis. Not only can we provide for all of your care needs, but we can also connect you with appropriate local resources, help you find answers to care questions, and provide a compassionate listening ear. Additionally, our professional care team is trained to quickly recognize symptoms that should be brought to the attention of a medical professional before they turn into a larger issue.
To learn more about how a professional caregiver can help with caregiving during cancer for your family, reach out to us online or over the phone at (919) 436-1871. We’re happy to answer any questions you have, schedule a free in-home assessment, or share with you why we’re the premier provider of home care solutions in Raleigh and the surrounding communities.