Advances in cancer treatment have led to shorter hospital stays, and patients being cared for at home instead of in facilities. As a result, home health care professionals have become more important than ever in maintaining the quality of life for cancer patients in their homes.
Cancer Home Care
The care providers we refer to our clients with cancer are trained to recognize warning signs related to cancer, including the possible side effects of treatments.
Care providers can assist with palliative treatment (i.e. keeping the patient comfortable, especially if they are at the end stages). Care providers can also perform respite care to allow family members acting as caregivers to have important personal time.
The care provider can assist cancer patients with activities of daily living, such as:
- Ambulating (walking)
- Continence care and feeding (as needed by the patient and recommended by their physician)
- Medication reminders
- Run errands
- Light housekeeping
- Accompany to doctor’s appointments
- Monitor for gross behavioral changes
- Help to maintain safety
- Passive exercises
- Skilled nursing services (RNs and LPNs only)