How In-Home Care Can Provide Relief During Cancer Care or Depression
Dealing with cancer can be tough on the body and mind. It can be a struggle for seniors to continue functioning as independently as they once had, and in turn, this can contribute to depression. Partnering with an in-home care provider not only gives families some respite while knowing their loved one is in good hands, it can also be beneficial to seniors’ overall well-being.
During cancer treatment, seniors may feel fatigued, have trouble with mobility, or have limitations on what they are allowed to do. This can interfere with their ability to effectively care for themselves and their home. An in-home caregiver can alleviate a lot of this stress by:
- Assisting with morning wake-up or evening tuck-in
- Helping with dressing and grooming
- Preparing meals
- Doing light housekeeping
- Picking up prescriptions
- Providing medication reminders
- Arranging appointments and providing transportation
- Providing companionship and entertainment
Their services can be used in a multitude of ways to create a more comfortable, functional living environment. Plus, it can help them transition home from the hospital faster because a support system is in place. A caregiver can quickly adjust to provide the level of support necessary allowing seniors to remain as independent as possible and encouraging their recovery while also being there to assist when needed. This can make seniors feel confident and relaxed as they recover or undergo treatment.
It is not uncommon for seniors to experience depression either in the face of medical challenges or simply in dealing with the natural aging process. Having an in-home caregiver around can boost their mood and give them someone to talk with and spend time with. A caregiver can help them to stay active and involved with friends and family or community activities. They can accompany them to religious services, concerts, events, and other activities so that they are not isolated at home and have the opportunity to socialize and get out and about.
Creating Personalized Care
One of the benefits of working with a senior services provider like Always Best Care is that you can tailor services to your loved one’s individual needs. As their situation changes, so can the support they receive. It could range from a few hours per week to a few hours per day, and cover everything from assisting with light housekeeping, laundry, and meal preparation to simply sitting with them reading, playing a game, or making a scrapbook.
Dealing with cancer care or depression can be scary, but knowing that someone is there to help along the way and provide non-medical care and companionship can ease stress. With everything else that families are dealing with during this time, they can rest easier having someone to come to their senior’s home when they need it most and ensure that they are getting the level of help necessary to enhance their quality of life.
Contact Always Best Care of Clinton Township today at 586 329-1950 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can assist your loved one now and in the future.