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Tips for Caring for an Elderly Adult Dealing with Breast Cancer

By Denise Roskamp

Senior Care in Waltham MA

Approximately 12 percent of the female population of the United States will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. This accounts for around one in eight women in the country. If your elderly loved one is one of the more than 246,000 women who will receive a diagnosis of breast cancer, it is important that you are able to give them the level of care that they deserve as they age in place. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the ideal opportunity for you to create a care plan tailored to their individual needs as they work through their journey with this condition.

Use these tips to help you create a personalized care plan so that you can give your parent the best care as they deal with breast cancer:

• Think of your parent, not the disease. While your loved one’s cancer diagnosis will be an important part of devising your care for them, it should not be the only thing that you think about when you are caring for them. Remember that you are still caring for your parent, not just someone with breast cancer, and that you should give them the same nurturing, supportive, personalized care that you would give them before the diagnosis.

• Let them guide the care. Regardless of how you feel about your parent’s diagnosis or the treatment that they have chosen, it is important that you remember that they are the one who is going through this disease. It is their thoughts and opinions that matter, and you should form your care routine based on them. This includes not forcing your parent to talk about their condition when they do not want to, and empowering them to evaluate their options when it is right for them to make changes.

• Encourage compliance. Complying with guidelines set forth by their doctor is one of the most important things that your aging parent can do to make the most of these treatment and management efforts. Make sure that you understand these guidelines and any medications that your loved one is supposed to take so that you are able to offer them reliable reminders. This will keep them on track and getting the maximum benefit from their treatments.

After a diagnosis with breast cancer is a fantastic time for you to consider starting senior care for your elderly parent. This type of diagnosis can be shocking for your parent and make them feel as though they are no longer able to live the lifestyle that they desire or do the things that they love. The personalized services of a senior home care services provider, however, can show them that even as they are progressing through their journey with cancer that they are able to live an active, engaged, and fulfilling quality of life. Care, assistance, support, and encouragement tailored to your elderly loved one’s needs, challenges, limitations, and convictions enable them to maintain as much independence as possible while staying safe, healthy, and comfortable.