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May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month

By Shannon Dahl, Owner, Home Helpers of Northwest Metro Denver

People who have brain tumors often experience unique challenges. In the process, types of brain tumors can impact core dynamics, influencing quality of life, survival, and prevention. National Brain Tumor Awareness Month is a heightened time for brain tumor patients, loved ones, and those working in the field to educate the public about brain tumors, and emphasize the importance of donations for brain tumor research.

As some people already know, time is of the essence.   1. Data shows that brain and other nervous system cancer represents 1.4 percent of all new cancer cases in the United States and #16 on the list of cancer types from the National Cancer Institute.   2. Brain and nervous system cancer is most frequently diagnosed among people aged 55-64, with the median age at 58.   3. Nearly 80,000 new cases of primary brain tumors are expected to be diagnosed in 2017. Approximately a third, or 32 percent, of brain and CNS tumors are malignant. This includes more than 26,000 primary malignant and 53,000 non-malignant brain tumors. Furthermore, there are nearly 700,000 people in the United States living with a primary brain and central nervous system tumor.   4. The most prevalent brain tumor types in adults are meningiomas (making 36.4 percent of all primary brain tumors) and gliomas (making 80 percent of malignant brain tumors). Gliomas include glioblastoma, ependymomas, astrocytomas and oligodendrogliomas. Yet, more than about 120 different types of brain tumors happen, and many with their own multitude of subtypes.   5. Brain tumor patients are impacted by the type, location, size, molecular markers, tumor behavior, histology, education, age, finances, culture, previous health challenges and other demographics. These impacts make activities of daily life a huge challenge.  

When someone has a tumor, their needs are constant and if you are beginning to feel overwhelmed, it may be time to consider home care services. Think about the level of care needed, as well as the number of hours needed each day, and then contact your insurance company to see if and what home care benefits might be covered in your policy.

 

Choosing a home care provider, like Home Helpers, may seem like a daunting task. You want to feel comfortable with the home care provider you choose. A good way to start is to ask both providers and other people you may know about the provider’s track record.

 

Once you connect with the provider, you will want to ask a series of questions:

  • How long have you been serving the community?
  • Do you provide literature outlining your services and fees?
  • How do you select and train your employees?
  • What type of evaluation is done regarding the type of home care the patient will receive and who completes the evaluations?
  • Do you provide the family with treatment and progress updates?
  • How do you handle problems and emergencies?”
  • What sort of continuing education is provided for caregivers who join your agency as employees?
  • Are background checks completed on caregivers before they are hired?
  • Do any of your caregivers specialize in working with brain tumor patients?

You can also ask for a recommendation from your health care provider.

 

To help put your loved ones at ease, Home Helpers offers a free consultation to help you answer these questions and more. We’re experts at providing not only exceptional senior home care services but also in-home care for those with brain tumors and take this responsibility very seriously.