Although living at home with cancer can be difficult, most patients prefer being home while battling the disease.
With the help of an advanced home care team, the patient and family must make lifestyle changes for a better transition.
The first 72 hours are very critical post-hospitalization as most readmissions take place during this period.
It is therefore important to have a home care transition plan and a team to ensure the patient’s comfort.
Working with your main physician, a home care nurse/aide will assist you or your loved one in the following ways:
- Support home safety by recommending the right equipment and home modifications to support comfort or recovery.
- Experienced and trained caregivers who assist with physical activities of daily living. These include mobility, grooming, bathing, eating, and bathroom transfers.
- Meal planning and preparation based on the patient’s dietary needs or the plan recommended by the physician or nutritionist.
- Running errands such as housekeeping, grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, or any other physical activities that are challenging for the patient.
- A Registered Nurse to help with medication reminders, IV administration, wound management, and other services within the scope of nursing. All this is under the guidance of the patient’s primary physician.
- Assistance with transportation to appointments with the primary physician, personal appointments, and events.
- Frequent communication with the primary physician, case manager, and family members.
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