Caregiver in Port Salerno FL
Your 75-year-old mother was just diagnosed with breast cancer. It might have been a shock to the entire family, and you may have thoughts of mortality now more than ever, but with the right procedures, treatment, and support at home, she can still potentially make a full recovery and stay around for many years to come.
You might have thought it was the right thing to step up and agree to be her caregiver. It is a noble gesture, but now what? April is Cancer Control Month and the treatment options that may be available to your mother at this time could include a mastectomy, double mastectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy. There may also be other options, and many of them will make it necessary for her to have the right level of support at home, both physically and emotionally.
That’s one of the main reasons why you stepped up to volunteer as her caregiver. You love her and want her to beat this cancer. But, it’s important for you as the caregiver to understand every aspect of assistance your mother will require through this battle.
It is going to be a long, drawn out process. It’s not going to be a quick fix. A mastectomy or double mastectomy is a major surgery. It will require a significant recovery period at home. If she opts to take part in radiation or chemotherapy treatments, there are going to be days, especially the 24 hours after chemotherapy, when she is weak, nauseous, vomiting, and feels like it’s the worst time in her life.
This is when she is going to need the most significant physical and emotional support she can get. It may be embarrassing for her to rely on a family member to assist her into and out of the shower or tub. She may require assistance getting to the bathroom. Being embarrassed could cause her to put off bathing or going to the bathroom until you are out of the room or away from the house. That could put her at increased risk.
The most important thing in this fight against breast cancer is recovering and putting the cancer into remission. The best step may be to sit down and talk to your mother about professional in-home care providers. Experienced caregivers hired through agencies in the area can alleviate a tremendous amount of stress and they will also likely understand exactly what your mother will be going through as she steps into this fight for her life.
Sit down and talk to her about the prospect of hiring a professional caregiver, even if it’s only for a couple of days a week. It can make a world of difference in this fight.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of caregiver services in Port Salerno, FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today at (772) 678-3324.