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4 Ways Cancer Could Impact Senior Home Safety

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September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month and when you’re talking about senior home safety, any form of cancer or major health emergency can impact safety in many different ways.Family-Caregiver-Tips-Philadelphia-PA

Blood cancer can encompass a wide range of different forms of cancer, including leukemia and myeloma. The symptoms of this form of cancer can begin quite subtly and make it feel as though it’s related to something else, such as a lower back injury.

As people are diagnosed with any form of cancer, they will likely be facing the prospect of radiation and chemotherapy treatments to overcome it. Chemotherapy can affect the body in many ways, causing pain, discomfort, nausea, and even a loss of balance and physical strength.

Here are four ways that cancer can affect senior home safety and what should be done about it.

1. Losing mental focus. During chemotherapy treatments, the brain may function a bit differently than it used to. As a result, the senior may forget certain things, walk away after putting something on the stove and forget about it, and more.

2. Diminished physical strength. Having less strength in the body, or even the illusion of less strength can cause somebody to lose their balance, have difficulty getting up and down stairs, and more.

3. A loss of appetite. When people are battling cancer and going through these various treatments, it can affect their appetite. If the senior is not getting enough nutrition it can cause fatigue, weakness, and even a lack of focus. Nutritional supplements may help, but there can be other complications involved and they should always speak to their doctor before taking any type of supplement vitamin.

4. Forgetfulness. Somewhat related to a lack of mental focus, if the senior is forgetting things more frequently as a result of the cancer or the treatments, she could ultimately forget to take certain prescription medications. She can also forget to eat, go to follow doctors’ appointments, and do other things that are important for the overall treatment.

What can be done to avoid the situations?

Encourage the senior to hire a home care aide, somebody who can stop by on a consistent and regular basis to provide the type of support the elderly individual requires. An experienced caregiver hired through an agency can do wonders to help the senior improve his or her safety at home during this important fight.

If you or an aging loved one are considering in-home senior care in Philadelphia, PA, contact the caring professionals at Reliant At Home Care today 610-200-6075.

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Cerie Goldenberg, MSW,LSW

Cerie Goldenberg- My name is Cerie Fish Goldenberg. I have dedicated all 40 years of my professional life practicing Social Work in Montgomery County, PA.I earned aMasters Degree of Social Work from the University of Toronto and I am a Licensed Social Worker in Pennsylvania.I was an active participant in the growth of Montgomery County Office on Aging and Adult Service developing needed services and resources for both younger and older adults.

After40 years of being a problem solver and advocate for those in need including my parents who lived into their 90’s and chose to remain in their home, I remain passionate about providing the highest level of service possible to those individuals for whom we are providing care.It is my vision that those of us who choose to remain in their home to be given the opportunity to do so in a safe and dignified manner. Hence the birth or Reliant at Home Care.