Stress, anxiety, fear, and sadness are all normal reactions to a cancer diagnosis and to the challenges related to the treatment of cancer. These are part of a response known as distress and is to be expected both for a senior who is living with cancer and for their family members, including you as their family caregiver. While it is normal to expect negative emotions and feelings when your parent is going through cancer, if these emotions and feelings become excessive, however, they can have a very serious impact on your parent’s health and well-being, as well as their ability to get through this experience in the best way possible. It is important that you pay close attention to your senior and how they are responding to this experience so that you are able to detect if they are suffering excessive distress and get them the care and support that they need to cope with it and move forward.
Some signs that your senior is suffering excessive distress in their caregiver journey include:
• The sense of being completely overwhelmed
• Stress or distress symptoms that have gotten extreme to the point of panic
• All thoughts are taken over by cancer or death
• Not being able to get to sleep at night or not sleeping enough
• Diminished appetite or no appetite
• Difficulty eating
• Feeling a sense of dread that seems to define daily living
• Sadness that is deep to the point of not feeling as though they can keep going or make it through treatment
• Feeling constantly angry or irritable
• Feeling completely unable to cope with the sadness, tiredness, or pain that they are experiencing
• Feeling hopeless and thinking that there is no point in going on
• Having difficulty concentrating or feeling as though they cannot think straight
Starting home care for your aging parent can be an exceptional way for you to support a higher quality of life as they age in place. An in-home senior care services provider can be with your parent on a customized schedule designed specifically to address your elderly parent’s individual needs, challenges, and limitations. These highly personalized services help your parent stay healthy, safe, comfortable, and happy while also encouraging as much independence as possible. Services ranging from safe and reliable transportation, meal preparation and eating assistance, help with personal care needs such as bathing, toileting, and dressing, companionship, and help with caring for their home can
encourage your parent to maintain a more fulfilling lifestyle and support greater motivation and mental, emotional, and physical health and well-being as they age in place. As their family caregiver, this can give you confidence that they are getting what they need both when you are able to fulfill their needs and when you are not.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Bordentown, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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