It was the phone call you never wanted to get. Your mother called you in the middle of the afternoon, so you knew it
was something important. She usually didn’t call except in the evening hours to chat once in a while.
She told you through tears that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. At 76 years of age she thinks this is a death sentence, but you know better. You immediately begin telling her that she can fight this, that she can beat it, and she can live a long and healthy life with many years still ahead for her.
You tell her one of the best thing she can do right now is to get the optimal level of elder care support. She doesn’t know exactly what you mean. She probably thinks you’re talking about elderly healthcare, such as her doctor, the oncologist, and other direct medical professionals. What you’re talking about involves a visiting nurse and somebody who can come to her home on a regular basis, provide support for her, and help her out when she’s going through chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
You’re talking about a home care aide.
There are many things that caregivers can do for elderly clients, especially those who are about to embark on a fight for their life. Far too often people hear a diagnosis of cancer and assume that the end of their life is fast approaching. Thanks to modern medicine, more and more cancers are very treatable, allowing the individual to overcome it, set it into remission, and live healthy and normal lives for years to come.
The older a person is, the less strength he or she might have. Your mother may be dealing with certain physical limitations already, and therefore relying on an experienced caregiver to come to her home on a regular basis could be extremely beneficial. This person could help her around the house, do some light housekeeping, prepare meals, do laundry, assist her getting to the bathroom or taking a shower, and much more.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care services in the home, please contact the caring staff at Total Care Connections (520) 447-4711. We provide quality Home Care & Assisted Living Placement Serving Tucson, Green Valley, Oro Valley, and Surrounding Areas!