Millions of people are diagnosed with cancer around the world every year. Although there are many risk factors that can contribute to cancer, one of the greatest is simply age. According to Cancer.net, 60 percent of people who are diagnosed with cancer are 65 or older. In addition, 60 percent of cancer survivors are senior citizens.
Seniors with Cancer May Have Other Medical Issues
In addition to the pain and illness associated with having cancer and taking medications such as chemotherapy, senior citizens often have additional concerns. Many older adults have other medical conditions and take medications that can affect their cancer treatment. They may need help with daily activities, such as cooking, shopping, cleaning, and doing laundry or may need transportation to and from medical appointments.
An In-Home Caregiver Can Help a Patient with Cancer
When someone is diagnosed with cancer, family and friends usually pitch in to help in any way they can. However, they cannot do everything because they have their own jobs, families, and other responsibilities.
If you or a parent has been diagnosed with cancer, an in-home caregiver can help with many activities if the patient can no longer do them without assistance and family and friends are unable to help. A caregiver can help with personal care, go grocery shopping, prepare meals, give reminders to take medication, and provide transportation to and from medical appointments and treatments.
Dependable Care Can Match You with a Compassionate Caregiver in Connecticut
Dependable Care has a team of compassionate caregivers in Connecticut who have experience working with senior citizens who have a variety of health problems, including cancer. They can provide non-medical care and assistance with many activities of daily living to help patients as they go through their treatment. A caregiver can take care of many day-to-day tasks so seniors can focus on their treatment and family and friends can enjoy spending time visiting.
Seniors with cancer will probably need help with many day-to-day activities that have become difficult because of illness and treatment. Dependable Care can help by matching your family with a kind and compassionate caregiver. Contact us today so we can find the right caregiver to help your family through this difficult time.