A cancer diagnosis can be a devastating moment. For you as a family caregiver, this is a time when you recognize future challenges and begin to put together a care and management approach for a while your parent faces the disease. For you as an adult child, this is a time when you are thinking about your parent’s well-being, emotions, what they are going through, and the upsetting thought of potentially losing them.
While you are dealing with both sides of your reaction to a cancer diagnosis, it is important that your primary focus remains to help your parent manage and cope with this disease, supporting a high quality of life, and ensuring that they get everything that they need physically, mentally, and emotionally as they age in place. In this situation, senior care can be incredibly beneficial.
Some of the ways that it can benefit your parent to have senior care be a part of your parent’s life after a cancer diagnosis include:
-Emotional support to help your parent deal with what they are going through and continue to seek meaning and fulfillment in this chapter of their lives
-Companionship to ease feelings of isolation, loneliness, and separation, to stimulate the mind, and to encourage a more active and engaged quality of life
-Assistance with personal care needs such as bathing, dressing, and grooming that might become more difficult as your parent fights cancer, whether they are undergoing extensive treatments or not
-Support with healthy lifestyle choices such as help with grocery shopping and meal preparation
-Transportation to doctor’s appointments and treatments to ensure that your parent can attend these when they need to rather than always having to work around your schedule
-Medication reminders to help your parent stay compliant with their medications, treatments, and other guidelines throughout their cancer experience
-Assistance with daily tasks such as house cleaning, laundry, dishes, and errands so that your parent can save energy and live in a healthy, comfortable environment
How can a caregiver help?
Starting senior care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you make for them in the course of your caregiver journey with them. A senior care services provider can be in the home with your aging parent on a fully customized schedule to ensure that they have access to the level of care, support, and assistance they need to manage their individual needs, challenges, and limitations.
This highly personalized care is specifically designed to manage these issues in the way that is right for your parent so that they are able to enjoy a higher quality of life as they age in place. This can include safe and reliable transportation, assistance with personal care tasks such as bathing or toileting, grocery shopping and running errands, meal preparation, and help to keep the home neat and healthy.