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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.

Caring for a loved one who is undergoing chemotherapy

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 10:44

When caring for someone who is undergoing chemotherapy, the caregiver needs to take into account all of the potential side effects of this form of cancer treatment, such as:

Lost my mind, lost my money, lost my life to caregiving?

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 10:38

The more a family caregiver becomes involved with helping a loved one, the more he or she to suffer mentally, financially, and physically. A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine establishes a difference between caregivers who provide substantial help – assisting with care coordinating care and managing medication – as opposed to caregivers who only provide some or no help with healthcare. Furthermore, the authors determined that the former not only provide almost twice as much hours of assistance a week but were also 79% more likely to experience emotional difficulties, and more than twice as likely to experience physical and financial difficulties – as well as being more than 5 times less likely to participate in important activities outside of caregiving, and more than 3 times as likely to experience productivity loss at work.

Care for wounds during Hemophilia Awareness Month 2016

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 13:24

For caregivers who have to care for wounds of someone with hemophilia, every month is hemophilia awareness month. Especially if that someone is a child because, you know, boys will be boys – and I say that without the slightest trace of sexism; after all, hemophilia tend to affect men more – or at least they should be, in theory. In this day in age, in particular, you have to pry most kids away from their electronic devices and almost force them to come out and play. And regardless of helmets and elbow and knee pads – even if you entirely cover them with bubble wrap – they’re still going to get cut and scraped. And this is where the line in the sandbox is drawn between children with and without hemophilia; the former will bleed more and for longer.

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