One of the most challenging situations that you can encounter as a family caregiver is finding out that your aging parent is living with cancer. As soon as you find out that your parent is living with this disease, your mind will likely go to worries about that the lifestyle that they desire, the plans that they had, and the possibility that they will not be able to achieve these anymore now that they are living with this disease. In your role as both their family caregiver and their adult child, you want your parent to be able to live the highest quality of life possible as they age in place, including when they are facing a serious health condition. Fortunately, suffering from cancer does not have to mean that your parent cannot continue to enjoy a high quality of life.
Some of the ways that you can help your parent continue to enjoy a high quality of life as they fight cancer include:
- Care for them, not the disease. Caring for a senior who is fighting cancer is always going to mean thinking about their disease, but that should not be the only thing that you have on your mind when you are caring for your parent. Remember, they are still the same person and your loved one, so you should be caring for them as a whole individual rather than just thinking about the disease.
- Keep them involved. Do not assume that your parent is “too tired” or “too sick” to participate in activities with your family. Keeping them involved is important to their mental and emotional health, as well as keeping them physically active.
- Encourage them. One of the most important things that you can do to help your parent live a high quality of life as they age in place is simply to encourage them. They might worry that their illness has taken away their ability to pursue activities, engage with others, and seek out meaning in this chapter of their life. Help them to see that this is not the case. As long as they are following through with the guidance of their doctor, they are still able to do whatever they wish to do and make the most of their later years.
Whether your aging parent is living with cancer or struggling with some other health problem or needs, if you do not feel that your caregiver efforts are giving them all that they need, now may be the ideal time for you to consider home care for them. A care provider can fill these care gaps in the way that is right for them so that your parent is able to manage their personal needs, challenges, and limitations while pursuing a lifestyle that is active, engaged, fulfilling, and independent throughout their later years. When it comes to helping a senior who is going through a journey with cancer, this care provider can be invaluable. Their companionship and emotional support can help your parent deal with the mental and emotional issues surrounding cancer and help them to maintain a lifestyle that is meaningful and enjoyable during this chapter. They can also provide personalized reminders to ensure that your parent remains compliant with their medications, treatments, and other guidelines from their doctor so that they can maintain the best health possible.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Modesto, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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