Cancer Care Comes Home!
Mr. Satish was diagnosed with colon cancer and was operated upon to remove the cancerous part of the intestine. After the surgery, he had to cope with a colostomy bag and also several rounds of chemotherapy. His family was very willing to care for him, post the discharge. They were, however, terrified and anxious if they will be able to do the right thing for Mr. Satish and not hurt him. The family decided to accept the help of home health care services, which offered them assistance with the management of the colostomy bag and personal care through the services of a Medical Care Taker who spent long hours with the patient and also management of side-effects of chemotherapy by a Registered Nurse who worked closely with the treating doctors at the hospital. The result -Mr. Satish recovered faster than expected since he was at ease and comfortable in the familiar surroundings of his home.
Cancer patients endure a lot of pain and suffering during and after treatment. The stress and anxiety they undergo can be relieved considerably when the patient is given an option to avail the care at home. However, family caregivers face a considerable amount of strain when caring for their loved ones. There is a high incidence of depression amongst the family members as they go through a significant amount of trauma, as well. In most of these cases, organized Home Health Care can add immense value to these patients in helping them be safe and comfortable in the convenience of their homes. Some of the ways home health care can help cancer patients include –
1. Administering pain medication or antibiotic at home
2. Administering (simple) chemotherapy at home
3. Assistance with daily living activities
4. Constant monitoring of the disease progress
5. Palliative care for the terminally ill
6. Sample collection of blood etc
8. Medical Equipment Rentals
9. Medication Delivery
10. Meals Assistance
These services can be provided through a team of Physicians, Registered Nurses, Therapists and Medical Care Takers.
On the other hand, there are also a significant number of cancer patients who do not recover and are terminally ill. The objective for home health care services for this group of patients include improving quality of life for the patients during their end stage by providing services through a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals. The focus is on the palliation of the patient’s symptoms, which can be physical, emotional, spiritual or social in nature. The primary goals of hospice care are to provide comfort, relieve physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering, and promote the dignity of terminally ill persons.
This can be provided through pain and symptom management of end stage disease processes; psychological, spiritual, and culturally sensitive care of patients and their families. Qualified and trained staff provide sensitive care and pain relief to patients in the final stages of life. They protect patients from unnecessary, painful therapies, and often provide care at home, in order to maximize meaningful time patients can spend with family and loved ones!