Getting diagnosed by the big ‘C’ can be intimidating. Be it a family member, a close friend, colleague, or yourself, cancer can cause your life’s train to take a detour. However, it is not the end of the road. With the advances in diagnosis, treatments and medications available today, cancer care has become more accessible, effective and successful. The number of cancer survivors today is increasing in number because of all the services available in the domain today.
Talking of cancer care services, while a large part of treatment and other procedures require you to visit a hospital or a specialised cancer care centre, they don’t provide you with the kind of comfort and peace you get when you are at home. Wouldn’t it be great to carry on with your routine, your job, your tasks like a regular day, while you beat cancer at its roots? Isn’t it more healing if you can be carrying on with your regular stuff, while at home and still be treated for cancer? Well, if you believe so, we have the best option for you – Cancer Home Care!
A significant part of cancer care today is being shifted to home cancer care to enable patients to recuperate and heal in the most relaxing place on earth- a place they call ‘home’. But, you must wonder – “what services does cancer care at home entail?” So, to resolve this common query most individuals have, let’s delve a bit into the different types of home care services for cancer patients.
While the oncologist always keeps a track of his/her patient’s health while they are away from the hospital at home, a cancer patient always needs the presence of a skilled, registered nurse to help administer appropriate medical care. In fact, among the other home cancer care services, the requirement of a registered nurse is most important. Based on the need, there are different types of nursing services that are available – day & night nurses, only night nurses or day nurses for cancer patients at home.
There are good days and bad days in the daily routine of a cancer patient. Somedays they feel very energetic and strut about their everyday chores while there may be a few days where they want to rest. Thinking of doing regular household chores on those days can seem like a task for them. Hiring a personal attendant is very useful to help them with their regular activities in and about the house. Be it meal preparation, running errands, doing your laundry, mild cleaning up of the house etc., a well-trained personal attendant can be a useful helping hand.
Few cancer patients need help with performing their regular activities such as having a bath, brushing, changing clothes and visiting the washroom. To make it easy and lend a helping hand to these cancer patients, home health care has designated home health aides, who are trained to help patients with these needs.
After a cancer patient has healed and cancer has been treated or has gone into remission, he/she may need physiotherapy to get their body back on track. Some cancers that need the patient to undergo surgery, require physiotherapy to restore the body’s functionality, especially of the affected part. To provide physiotherapy for cancer patients, most home care agencies have in-house physiotherapists or are attached to a few of these professionals, who visit the house of the patient for physiotherapy sessions as recommended in each case.
Just like physiotherapy, some cancer patients need occupational and speech therapies. Experts in these domains are also part of the home cancer care brigade, whose main aim is to restore the patient’s speech and functionality to normalcy.
Every cancer patient feels that he/she is the only one to suffer this fate. However, each patient is often glad to know that there are thousands of patients who have suffered from a similar condition and have emerged out of the situation, more positive, and healthier. But, how would a patient know this? Well, nothing beats human support and companionship in days like these. There are many social support groups that patients can ask to join – both in the digital space as well as physically. One home health care service that they can opt for is volunteers from social support groups or a cancer psychology expert, who can visit them, in the comfort of their home to motivate them to stay positive and healthy. This encourages them to share their thoughts and feelings, which acts as positive reinforcement.
Some other oncology home care providers include meal delivery services, pharmacy and transport services, and dietician or nutritionist services. These services are often not as advertised as the others mentioned above and so most patients are unaware of their existence. But, these home care services for cancer are essential and helpful for every patient. Do you or your loved one needs help with home cancer care services? Contact us today!