Expert In-Home Care and Support Services for Patients Living with Cancer in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Nassau County.
Thousands of people are diagnosed with cancer each day. In fact, it s the second leading cause of death, though that rate begins to fall off after age 85. A cancer diagnosis is a shock to one’s system and an abrupt redirection of one’s life, goals and efforts. The will to survive the disease as well as the treatment takes all of the patient’s energy going forward.
Cancer treatment can have severe side effects. Symptoms include loss of appetite, nausea, pain and insomnia. Our caregivers are sensitive to both the needs of the patient and their families in these circumstances and will be able to make sure the patient is well cared for in every way.
The treatment for cancer is often debilitating, so it is important to have a kind and compassionate caregiver in place so that the patient can be made to feel both comfortable and psychologically at ease that they will be nurtured during this trying ordeal. Much of what a caregiver can do is termed palliative care which is defined as any type of symptom management care that improves the quality of life of the cancer patient.
During treatment, it is also important to meet the patient’s nutritional needs. Those undergoing treatment are often not able to shop for and prepare nutritious meals for themselves. Our aides can do both. Our aides are trained to adhere to special dietary regimens and doctor’s or a nutritionist’s orders. They are flexible and caring and will make sure your loved one is fed square meals during the shifts they will be with them.
Cancer patients often do not have the strength to perform the activities of daily living (ADLs) such as dressing, bathing and grooming. Our aides are skilled in personal care. Cancer patients also often have a list of medications they must take. Our aides on site will remind the patient that they must take their prescriptions. The home health aide also makes sure that the environment is clean by doing light housekeeping and laundry. They are also available to run errands for the patient as needed for their care.
Finally, those undergoing treatment for cancer often do not have the energy to participate in the normal activities they used to. As such, they often feel isolated and alone. Our caregivers provide company and companionship when your loved one cannot get out. They can act as a bridge to the outside world. They can also accompany the client to special occasions as the opportunity and need arises. Of course, they will escort the patient to any appointment to medical and healthcare professionals.