Cancer is a general term used to define a set of diseases that share a common mechanism – uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. Causal factors for cancer include both external – such as chemicals, tobacco & infectious organisms, and internal – examples: mutations, immune conditions and hormones.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 14 million Americans have currently been diagnosed with cancer. Risk of developing cancer increases with age. Over three quarters of diagnosed cancers are in people 55 years or older. While cure and possible prevention are the ultimate goals, the five-year relative survival rate for all diagnosed cancers has been trending up, increasing to 68% in the 2000s from 49% in the late 1970s. The increase in survival rate is largely due to improved treatments and early detection.

The option to recover and heal at home, if possible, enables the person with cancer to be in familiar settings away from the hospital which can be emotionally beneficial to the family and loved ones. The home care also includes people with cancer actively receiving treatment or rehabilitation.

 

At-home caregiving for cancer consists of:

Short-Term Care (during the recovery period post-treatment/surgery)

Long-Term Care (on a regular basis for an extended period of time, if needed)

At Hestia Care Services, our Caregiving for Cancer Program provides both short-term care and long-term care.

 

Hestia’s Caregiving for Cancer Program consists of:

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Coordination with Discharge Planners

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Development of post-discharge Care Plan including comprehensive home assessment, if needed, to ensure conformance to the patient’s changed needs.

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Implementation plan for medication management

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Escort for follow-up visits to the required health care practitioners (including setting up appointments and providing transportation).

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Assistance with personal care and daily activities of living (ADLs).

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Regular communication with client’s family and required health care providers providing updates and seeking inputs to adjust care plan if needed.

 


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