How to Help Your Elderly Loved One after a Cancer Diagnosis

A cancer diagnosis begins a difficult journey for a senior as well as their family.  Following a diagnosis, seniors can expect a variety of changes in their lifestyle, in addition to physical and emotional challenges.  For adult children of elderly parents with cancer, there are a few simple things you can do to help your loved one through the process and ensure they receive the best possible cancer care in Scottsdale.

First, educate yourself.  Try to become as knowledgeable as possible about cancer and the specific type of cancer your elderly loved one suffers from.  Learn about as many topics as possible from common side effects to treatments.  A wealth of information can be found simply by browsing the Internet.  The more information you have, the better you will be able to provide quality assistance and care for your loved one.

Also, help your loved one choose a doctor.  Some common topics to discuss with potential doctors include their training, credentials and which types of cancer they specialize in.  You can also use your loved one’s primary care doctor as a resource.  They may be able to refer you to a specific doctor that specializes in cancer or give you a few names of doctors they have worked with previously.

To help your loved one minimize and manage the symptoms of the disease, seek outside assistance.  There are many programs and support groups available to help seniors address a variety of cancer-related issues.  Professionals including nutritionists and dietitians, physical therapists and home caregivers in Scottsdale will be able to help loved one improve their quality of life and level of comfort.

For adult children who are overwhelmed with care responsibilities and are looking for assistance, Scottsdale home care offered by Home Care Assistance is the ideal option.  Our expert caregivers provide specialty cancer care to seniors and are available on a flexible hourly or live-in basis.  Caregivers help with activities of daily living, personal care, and also provide transportation to chemotherapy and radiation sessions.  To learn more about our specialty cancer care plans, contact a Care Manager today at (480) 771-2710 and provide your loved one with the quality care they deserve.