One of the things that many people with cancer dread is treatment with chemotherapy. It’s a difficult process that can have many side effects, including nausea, vomiting, fatigue, changes in appetite, and more. People undergoing chemotherapy often need help completing daily tasks and managing side effects. In addition, they may need emotional support to cope with the stress of cancer and treatment. If your parent is undergoing chemotherapy, what they may need is a “chemo buddy.”
What Does a Chemo Buddy Do?
A chemo buddy is someone who helps with household tasks, running errands, and offering companionship and conversation. Some ways a chemo buddy can help are:
- Conversation: Sometimes people with cancer just need someone to talk to. They may want to talk about how they are feeling or their fears. Or, they might want simply want a pleasant conversation to take their mind off the disease for a while.
- Prepare for Chemo Appointments: Chemo buddies might attend treatment appointments with the person or get them ready for an appointment. They might help the person to dress if they’re having difficulty, pack a bag of supplies to take along, or drive them to the appointment.
- Run Errands: Chemo buddies can do things like pick up groceries or run to the post office when your parent isn’t able to.
- Household Tasks: It’s likely that your parent won’t feel up to cleaning the house or doing other household tasks. A chemo buddy can offer hands on help by vacuuming, dusting, doing laundry, and preparing meals.
- Outings: Having cancer can consume your parent’s life, making them feel like their lives revolve around the disease. It can help to get out of the house and do something normal once in a while. A chemo buddy can take them out for lunch, go for a walk, or spend a few hours shopping or watching a movie.
Can a Home Care Provider Be a Chemo Buddy?
Yes! Home care providers make excellent chemo buddies. Home care providers can stand in for family caregivers when they cannot be there. They can drive your parent to chemotherapy appointments and sit with them during treatment to keep them company. Home care providers can pack a chemo bag filled with things to read, a game, or items that make your parent comfortable. At home, a home care provider can cook meals, clean the house, and do laundry. And, if your parent has a pet, home care can even assist with basic pet care tasks.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Hamilton, 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.