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The role of family caregivers in cancer care communication

Submitted by Mariela Miranda on 16:41

Proper communication between cancer patients, their caregivers and doctors helps to improve the former’s wellbeing and quality of life. According to the National Cancer Institute, when patients with cancer, family caregivers, and the medical care team communicate well each with the others, the patient:

Home care medical supplies may help loved one live longer

Submitted by Mariela Miranda on 13:08

Caregivers use home care medical supplies to provide dying loved ones with a better quality of life. But the fact alone of choosing to die at home instead of the hospital might just literally give your loved one a new lease on life. A large Japanese study found that cancer patients who died at home tended to outlive those who died in hospitals. The researchers discovered that patients who died at home had a considerably longer survival period than that of patients who died in hospitals, even after adjusting for demographic and clinical characteristics, among other factors.

Which are the many roles of a cancer family caregiver?

Submitted by Mariela Miranda on 12:36

A caregiver is not just a caregiver – first and foremost, he or she is a husband, a wife, a son, a daughter, or a friend. And when it comes to caring for someone with cancer, the role of the caregiver goes through many a change at several different points in the course of the disease. For example, a caregiver should play a major role as a member of the medical care team right from the beginning. As treatment approaches become more advanced, patients live longer and better and have an increased chance to be cared for at home. As a result, many duties that were formerly performed by doctors and nurses can be done at home by a caregiver – such as organizing and administering medications.

Finding a cancer clinical trial for a loved one in 9 steps

Submitted by Mariela Miranda on 12:05

Caregivers of people with cancer should consider enrolling their loved one in a cancer clinical trial for two reasons. First, it is an opportunity to be among the first in line to receive a new treatment. And second, it is a way to help develop future alternatives that might prevent and, who knows, even cure cancer – and since a risk factor for cancer is family history, this is something that close relatives should definitely be interested in. There are no guarantees, but most currently used methods to prevent, detect, and treat cancer did start as clinical trials. There are trials available for all stages of cancer, though some only accept people who have not been treated yet.

The end of the beginning: Caregiving after cancer treatment

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 15:29

The role of the caregiver may change, but not necessarily end, after a loved one has completed treatment for cancer. The road to full recovery can be long and winding, physically and emotionally speaking. The end of treatment brings with it two main concerns; the side effects of the treatment itself, and the fear that the cancer might return.

How to care for a loved one who has advanced cancer

Submitted by Mariela Miranda on 17:05

Advanced cancer may be the beginning of the end for a caregiver’s loved one, but it’s still a beginning. Each new beginning brings changes with it, and cancer is not the exception. Both caregiver and care receiver may have to make new decisions, and the former may have to shift his or her approach to care, as well as ask healthcare providers a new set of questions.

Problems and solutions of home modification for caregivers

Submitted by Mariela Miranda on 10:52

Sometimes modifying an aging or disabled loved one’s home – or your own if your loved one moves in – poses more questions than answers for the caregiver. The two main goals are safety and accessibility, but achieving them may not be as easy as putting two and two together. The following table may be of help you make a home both safe and accessible to a care receiver – including several medical supplies for home available at Discount Medical Supplies.

Caregiving: 4 important tips when dealing with violent behavior

Submitted by Mariela Miranda on 13:46

One of the most important tasks a caregiver has to take on is making sure that the atmosphere around the house is peaceful and stable. Learning how to create distractions can come in handy from time to time especially when situations get stressful or out of the ordinary. However, sometimes it may be extremely challenging to keep things in control especially when a given situation triggers explosive violent behaviors.

How you can help yourself and become a self-caregiver

Submitted by Mariela Miranda on 16:53

There is nothing selfish about caregivers who take care of themselves first and then of a loved one with debilitating or disabling medical condition. Quite the contrary; you want to be at the top of your game in order to provide your relative with the best possible care. It’s like an athlete who trains to be in the best shape and practices to perform to the highest level all for the ultimate greater good of his or her team. Sadly, caregivers are sometimes in such emotional disarray that they have a warped perception of their feelings, which is one of the reasons for these here recommendations.

How to prevent infection in a caregiving environment

Submitted by Mariela Miranda on 09:46

Many of the challenges that caregivers encounter are among the factors that put people at an increased risk of becoming infected with colds, flu, respiratory infections, gastrointestinal infections, AIDS, and other contagious diseases. These factors include poor nutrition, chronic conditions, stress, fatigue, dehydration, and poor personal hygiene. Note that these, like infections, can affect the caregiver as well as the care receiver, but it is the former’s responsibility to protect both. This goal can be accomplished with a few simple measures.


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