In-Home Care Support for Mesothelioma Patients
- Cancer & Caregiving
- Aug. 3, 2016
Anyone undergoing mesothelioma treatments at a cancer center may face a difficult recovery when they return home.
While a person’s home may be more comfortable than a hospital full of noisy medical equipment and busy doctors and nurses in the hallways, it helps to accommodate a home to the needs and well-being of the patient.
That’s why supportive services and lifestyle changes can help alleviate pain and pave the way to recovery.
Because mesothelioma mostly affects adults older than 60, home care is a great option for seniors who would like to age in place but still require some form of daily care.
Hiring an in-home caregiver can provide companionship, medication management and support with daily activities such as showering, dressing and eating. These caregivers can prepare delicious meals and take care of housekeeping chores so you can focus on what matters most — getting healthy.
Home Care Assistance, Home Instead Senior Care and Senior Helpers are nationally recognized in-home care providers. The National Association for Home Care and Hospice also offers resources to help families find a good in-home caregiver.
Nutrition Is Key to Proper Recovery
Cancer patients following proper nutrition for their condition and treatment tend to feel better during and after their procedures.
Doctors recommend eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water to keep the body healthy and strong while preventing dehydration. Types of food that aid recovery include fish oils, fiber, green tea and organ meats.
Vegetarians can opt for spinach, broccoli and cauliflower. Patients should consult their oncologist before making any dietary changes that could affect recovery.
Exercise for a Healthy Lifestyle
Another lifestyle change that can alleviate pain and improve care for mesothelioma patients is regular cardiovascular exercise.
Doctors recommend exercise as a way of alleviating fatigue and nausea, improving aerobic capacity, increasing bone density and treating depression. Patients should consult their oncologist in order to develop an exercise plan that’s customized to their condition.
Mesothelioma is a harsh condition that can deteriorate a person’s physical health if a treatment plan is not in place for post-acute care. Fortunately, for those hoping to recover from treatment in the comfort of their own homes, care support and recovery advice are available.
Families who consider these simple suggestions for recovery will improve the quality of life for patients who decide to age in place at home.
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Author bio: Jacqueline Hatch is the content manager at Seniorly.com, a company that provides free resources for families in need of senior care services. Her goal is to produce educational articles that help families navigate the complicated world of aging options. She does this through managing the Seniorly Resource Center, where families can search for relevant articles based on topics and keywords.
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- American Cancer Society. (2016, February 17). Lifestyle changes after malignant mesothelioma. Retrieved from http://www.cancer.org/cancer/malignantmesothelioma/detailedguide/malignant-mesothelioma-after-lifestyle-changes