Quality cancer care service from Right at Home
Many people living with cancer feel more comfortable receiving cancer care at home. Homecare allows our Clients to be surrounded by family, friends and familiar surroundings.
We know that cancer is a condition that can change relationships, as families have to address new issues. Cancer homecare can alleviate some of the pressures of family CareGiving. With one less thing to worry about, you can focus on emotional support and quality time, instead of the details of daily activities.
Get in touch with your local Right at Home office to discuss the benefits of caring for cancer patients at home.
Right at Home cancer care
Right at Home CareGivers can supplement any hospice care by helping with tasks such as:
- Personal care
- Medication reminders / set-up / administration
- Meal preparation
- Light housekeeping
We also offer respite care and palliative care at home for cancer, for those who need it. We will work closely with district nurses, GPs, social services and other healthcare professionals to ensure that the correct support is received.
We are dedicated to providing the support your need during a difficult time. Our cancer care at home services have provided comfort and reassurance to many Clients:
“My husband has been treated with warmth and dignity in the time he has been cared for by your company. The carers are always prompt and reliable, nothing is too much trouble for them. I value their kindness and support very much.“
How to care for cancer patients
Caring for a family member or a person living with cancer can be a daunting task and one that may affect your relationships. Suddenly, you will have many additional responsibilities, as well as running things in your own life too.
Although caring for a loved one can be a very rewarding job, and one that you want to do, all these extra responsibilities can lead to emotional burnout. This is why it’s important to ask for care and support, for all of the family.
Our specialist cancer Carers can provide advice for how to care for cancer patients when your homecare providers are not around. But the most important thing is often the emotional support you can offer the person you are caring for.
Contact your local Right at Home office to discuss your needs, or those of a loved one.
In the meantime, read our tips for caring for a person living with cancer.
Access Educational Resources
Learn as much as you can about the type of cancer your loved one has been diagnosed with, what to expect, treatment options and potential side effects. This will help you feel prepared when it comes to making decisions about your loved one’s care.
Research nursing care for different stages of cancer, including palliative care services. The health care that will be needed at the beginning of a cancer diagnosis is not the same as it is when undergoing treatment, or in remission. Make sure you are informed throughout the whole journey.
It’s important to know what to expect if your loved one were to move to the next stage. They may need to receive palliative care, which you can discuss with our knowledgeable team when defining a personal care plan.
Keep all medical correspondence together, including appointment times, test results and medications. Also write down any important contact details, should you need them.
Many Clients find it helpful to use a whiteboard, or something similar, to make a note of anything important. Jotting down the time the last medication was taken or upcoming appointment times means you’ll have one less thing to remember.
Listen To Your Loved One
Be as emotionally supportive as you can. However, it’s important not to tell anyone dealing with cancer how they ought to think or feel. Accept their bad days and let them talk to you when needed.
Don’t forget to take a break from focusing on your loved one’s cancer diagnosis too. Ensure that you’re still doing things together which allows you both to focus on something else.
Look After Yourself
You can’t be the best CareGiver to your loved one if you are not respecting your own needs and looking after yourself too.
Accept help, whether that is from another family member, or a care service.
Respite care services will enable you to take a break to rest and recharge your own batteries.
You are not in this alone and receiving help can help you both emotionally and physically.
Cancer Information and Resources
- There are more than 200 types of cancer, each with different causes, symptoms and treatments
- Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer.
- More than 1 in 2 people in the UK will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime.
- Together breast, lung, bowel and prostate cancers account for over half of all new cancers each year.
- Cancer can develop at any age, but is most common in older people. More than three out of five cancers are diagnosed in people aged 65 and over.
For more information and to discuss a personalised care plan, contact a Right at Home team near you.
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