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Getting Home Care for Mesothelioma Patients

When you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, your first response is likely to focus on fighting and winning the battle against the disease. But as the realities of your diagnosis and prognosis set in, you eventually need to start making plans for when you won’t be able to care for yourself. Many patients prefer the idea of remaining in the familiar and comforting surroundings of their own home as their health fails, and this is usually possible with the proper planning. Though family members may make it known that they will be there for you and want to provide you with all of your needs, most patients find it helpful to bring in professional homecare to provide some of the services that they need.

Benefits of Home Care

The costs of staying at home and being cared for there are generally lower than those of being admitted into a skilled nursing facility or hospital, and having your friends, family members, neighbors and even pets around you as your illness progresses is definitely a benefit of remaining at home during your illness, but there are certain medical needs that are best provided by professionals with medical training, especially if they are also able to provide some support in other areas. The services that homecare professionals can provide include:

  • Administering medication and medical treatments
  • Helping with food shopping, light housework and preparing meals
  • Assisting with positioning and hygiene

In addition to home healthcare, mesothelioma patients who stay at home often have regularly scheduled visits from skilled nurses who have special training in mesothelioma care. These professionals supervise and assess the patient’s physical condition, keeping the rest of the mesothelioma care team advised of any changes and scheduling visits to physicians or specialists when they are needed. Mesothelioma patients may also be visited at home by clergy, social workers, nutritionists, respiratory care practitioners, and other allied health care or support professionals.

Hospice Care at Home

When the patient is in need of end-of-life-care and has expressed a preference for remaining in their own home, hospice will generally provide the support that is needed to the family. Hospice workers are able to provide palliative treatments including pain medication. They are also specially trained to provide support to the loved ones of the mesothelioma patient, whether that is help around the house or emotional support.

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