Caring for Cancer at Home

The stress of coping with a cancer diagnosis is inevitable, and as a family caregiver, you are likely to be feeling challenged physically, mentally, and emotionally. For many family caregivers, the best way to care for a loved one with cancer is to get the support you deserve. It may be time to seek assistance from a non-medical caregiver or an in-home care provider.

An in-home care agency, such as LivHOME, provides support to individuals and families who are struggling with all types of cancer, such as breast, colon, head and neck, liver, lung, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate cancer, and more.

Taking Care of Cancer Patients at Home

Cancer home care gives you the support required and enables your loved one to cope with their cancer diagnosis at home, where they’re most comfortable and at ease. Ask your medical team to develop a comprehensive care plan that includes the services you need, the type of home care best suited to provide those services, and how often the services are required.

Home Care Services for Cancer Patients

Home care services for cancer patients are offered by a variety of different professionals, ranging from skilled nurses and home health aides to non-medical caregivers and companions. Your cancer care team will work with different providers to create and implement a comprehensive care plan designed around your loved one’s individual needs and preferences.

Non-Medical Home Care Professionals

LivHOME is a non-medical in-home care agency, and we do not offer skilled home health care. Our care team consists of professional care managers and caregivers who can help with personal care, monitoring of certain health conditions, light housekeeping, and companionship.

  • Life Care Manager. Life Care Managers, also known as geriatric care managers, can help you and your loved one navigate the challenges associated with a cancer diagnosis. Geriatric care managers are usually licensed nurses or social workers who have specialized training in gerontology, psychology, or other related fields, making them experts in assessing, coordinating, and monitoring elder care services.
  • Personal Care Aide / Personal Care Attendant. Personal Care Aides and Personal Care Attendants can assist your loved one with a variety of non-medical duties related to the activities of daily living. They can help with dressing, bathing, light housekeeping, shopping, meal preparation, and transportation to appointments. Also, Personal Care Aides and Personal Care Attendants can provide conversation and companionship, ensuring your loved one continues to feel meaningful engagement with their world.
  • Home Health Aide. A Home Health Aide can provide many of the same services as a Personal Care Aide, including helping your loved one with bathing, dressing, companionship, and light housekeeping. However, a Home Health Aide can also offer essential health services, such as checking your loved one’s temperature or monitoring their pulse.
  • Companion / Homemaker / Sitter. A Companion, Homemaker, or Sitter provides companionship-based activities, such as puzzles, crafts, and keeping up with correspondence. Also, they can help with light housekeeping tasks, such as laundry, pet care, grocery shopping, and taking out the trash. A care companion can also monitor your loved one’s medications and diet to help ensure the road to recovery stays on track.

Home Care Services for Cancer Patients by LivHOME

LivHOME’s care team can address not only functional needs but emotional and social needs, as well. This ensures the cancer patient will be as comfortable as possible and living to their fullest potential, regardless of their limitations or diagnosis. With our cancer home care, your loved one can receive:

  • Assistance with the activities of daily living, including bathing, dressing, and personal care
  • Bedside companionship to alleviate anxiety and stress during hospitalizations or outpatient treatments
  • Scheduling and transportation for treatments and other medical appointments
  • Compassionate care during recovery from cancer treatments
  • Prescription drug pickups
  • Companionship, light housekeeping, and meal preparation

Personal Care

Our personal care attendants can help your loved one with their personal care. For example, personal care services may include help with bathing, dressing, and eating, and assist with mobility and toileting.

Companion Care

Care companions offer practical and emotional support at home or in other settings. For instance, our trained, professional caregivers can provide valuable companionship during chemotherapy or radiation treatments. They can also schedule and provide transportation to and from medical appointments, and they’ll even assist with household duties at home. Companion care can reduce your loved one’s stress, fatigue, and depression, allowing them to focus solely on their recovery.

Resources and Support for Family Caregivers

Caring for a loved one who’s undergoing cancer treatment can take a toll on you—physically, mentally, and emotionally. Having friends and other relatives around you is lovely, but for many family caregivers, the best way to prevent caregiver burnout and stress is to reach out to others who are coping with similar circumstances. Cancer support groups and cancer caregiver resources (websites, seminars, etc.) offer you a way to learn best practices and get emotional support.

geriatric care manager can help you find the cancer caregiver support that appeals to you. And remember, none of this is easy. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed at times, and if you need to, please seek help from a mental health professional.

American Cancer Society

As it says on its website at www.cancer.org, the American Cancer Society is on a mission to free the world from cancer. The American Cancer Society funds and conducts research, shares expert information, supports patients and their caregivers and spreads the word about prevention. You can find the organization’s excellent resources by visiting the Interactive Caregiver Resource Guide.

CancerCare

CancerCare provides free, professional support services for caregivers and loved ones, as well as caregiving information and additional resources. You can read about cancer counseling, support groups, educational resources, and more here.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cancer Home Care

Q: How can I best take care of a cancer patient at home?

As a family caregiver, it’s natural for you to have questions about how to take care of a cancer patient at home. Work with your loved one’s medical team to fully understand the kind of help your loved one will need at home and explore the resources in your area, so you can find the support you need. Also, take care of yourself! Neglecting your health and well-being will only make it more difficult for you to help your loved one.

Q: How can I reduce the stress and burnout as a cancer caregiver?

Look for cancer support groups (both on- and off-line) and other cancer resources (websites, seminars, counselors, etc.) that can help you learn coping strategies and get the support you need. You may also want to consider scheduling regular respite care, so that you can alleviate cancer caregiver stress by socializing with friends, pursuing a hobby, or doing something else unrelated to cancer care.

Q: Do you provide palliative care at home for cancer patients?

LivHOME can support palliative care for cancer patients. At LivHOME, our “whole person” and “whole family” approach means your loved one’s care includes not only safety and security, but also respect, dignity, autonomy, and meaningful engagement with their world, regardless of impairment or diagnosis.

Q: Do you provide hospice care at home for cancer patients?

At LivHOME, our in-home care team is happy to provide support in end of life care. However, we are not a hospice care agency and do not provide hospice care for cancer patients. To learn more, visit our hospice care page.