It’s sad, but working in elderly care in Tennessee comes with the possibility of encountering a cancer diagnosis. Being diagnosed with this deadly disease can feel like the end of the world for many people, and most especially the elderly.
Being a caregiver, it is your job, together with the rest of the family to help the patient cope up with and learn to accept the diagnosis. The thing is – cancer is still treatable, and it really isn’t the end of the world. However, people may feel shocked and depressed initially to even consider treatment. That’s where a support system is most valuable.
What’s your role as the primary caregiver? Here are some of the things that you could do for your elderly client that has just been diagnosed with cancer.
- Check in regularly with your patient to make sure any needs are met.
- Provide a listening ear. Depression is no small thing, and they may want to vent out every once in a while.
- Review doctor’s appointments and make sure you’ve arranged everything your patient and their families need for the trip.
Aside from that, you also have to tackle your usual caregivers’ tasks, like assisting in personal hygiene, preparing meals for your patient, and providing companionship for daily walks and exercise.
Most importantly, it’s your job to take care of yourself. It’s a very stressful time for your patient, and their family as well. You need every ounce of energy and strength to support them, but that doesn’t mean you burn yourself to the ground.