How Home Care Can Help Following a Cancer Diagnosis
According to the American Cancer Society, in 2021, more than 1.9 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Cancer treatment options vary, but most people have a combination of treatments, such as chemotherapy and/or radiation with surgery. For many cancer patients, treatment involves both hospital stays and regular outpatient visits to a clinic for chemotherapy.
As options continue to advance, some cancer treatments can even be done at home. This is usually the case for oral treatments, such as pills, capsules, tablets, and liquids, or topical treatments that are rubbed on the skin. Sometimes, even IV or injectable treatments can be given at home, too.
Regardless of the course of treatment following a cancer diagnosis, there are frequently side effects that can make day-to-day life challenging, here’s how you can benefit from home care.
What Is Home Care?
It’s important to note that “home care” is often used as a blanket term to refer to different types of care provided in the home. Following is a breakdown of the types of home care services that can be beneficial to a person undergoing cancer treatment:
Personal care: These services focus on helping people with daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, running errands, or housekeeping. Personal care can provide much-needed assistance at home for those feeling weak or ill from chemotherapy or following surgery. Care providers can also run errands, such as picking up medications or groceries.
Home health care: This type of care focuses on what’s known as “skilled care services” that are provided by licensed health care professionals, such as registered nurses. For a cancer patient, these services might include nursing visits for injections or physical therapy following surgery.
Palliative care: When cancer is life-limiting, palliative care services can help keep the person comfortable and provide respite for family caregivers.
At Charter Home Health, we know that home care helps many people live fuller, more comfortable lives as they receive treatment for cancer. Our referred care providers are dedicated to helping those recovering from or being treated for cancer in the following ways:
- Using the restroom
- Walking assistance
- Continence care and feeding (as needed by the patient and recommended by their physician)
- Medication reminders
- Running errands
- Light housekeeping
- Accompanying to doctors’ appointments
- Monitoring for behavioral changes
- Helping to maintain safety
- Assistance with exercises
- Skilled nursing care
Why Choose Charter Home Health?
Our mission is to enhance the lives of individuals by giving them the best home care possible.
Our home care professionals in Philadelphia look beyond the basic needs of our clients to become advocates for their physical and emotional well-being. Whether you are faced with a new diagnosis, recent surgery, or long-term health challenge, the care we provide is rooted in our core values.
Our senior care services allow our elderly clients to maintain as much independence as possible by providing the appropriate in-home assistance and companionship, lifting the spirits of both the elderly and the family caregivers.
Charter Home Health provides Home Care Services in the Philadelphia and surrounding cities.
Call us at 215-935-6321