Help at Home
Cancer patients often feel more comfortable and secure being cared for at home. Many patients want to stay at home so that they will not be separated from family, friends, and familiar surroundings. Home care can help patients achieve this desire. It often involves a team approach that includes doctors, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, family members, and others. Home care can be both rewarding and demanding for patients and caregivers. It can change relationships and require families to address new issues and cope with all aspects of patient care. To help prepare for these changes, patients and caregivers are encouraged to ask questions and get as much information as possible from the home care team or organizations devoted to home care. Professionals are available to help you conduct your daily affairs:
- A house-help can help you for the housework, the marketing and the cooking
- A personal care attendant can help to get dressed, to eat, to wash yourself, and all the daily tasks you can't do on your own
- A hand at home can be present all the time in the patient's home if he is afraid to be alone at home.