May 6 is Bladder Cancer Awareness Day. While you might immediately think about learning about this condition, your parent’s risk, and how you can help them to get through it when you think about awareness, as a family caregiver it is particularly important that you learn about how you can help your parent after their cancer journey comes to an end. For the rest of their life they will be a bladder cancer survivor, and that means helping them to integrate this reality into how they live moving forward so that they can stay mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy, and continue to find meaning in their later years.
Use these tips to help you encourage your aging parent to move forward in their life as a bladder cancer survivor:
• Take the time to celebrate. It is an exciting moment when your parent finds out that they have completed their treatment for bladder cancer. Encourage them to celebrate this milestone in their life and be excited for the years to come
• Be aware of the possibility of future cancer. Having cancer once increases the chances that your aging parent will suffer from cancer again at some point. Be aware of this possibility and prepared to help them through if it does occur again
• Stay connected with their medical team. Follow-up visits, checkups, and tests will need to be a continued part of your aging parent’s life even as they are moving forward as a survivor. This will help to detect if their cancer has returned, if they might be suffering from another form of cancer, or if there are other health issues that need to be addressed
• Live a healthy lifestyle. Encourage your aging parent to keep their body as healthy as possible by supporting a lifestyle of good choices. This includes eating a well-balanced diet, staying active, and remaining compliant with instructions, treatments, and medications from their doctor.
If your aging parent has recently been diagnosed with bladder cancer or is at increased risk of this disease and you feel that they would benefit from additional care, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elder care for them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging loved one on a fully customized schedule that ensures that they get everything that they need when they need it, while also supporting you remaining at the front of their care management. A cancer journey can be extremely difficult, and the highly personalized services of an elder care provider can make it so that your aging parent gets everything that they need to manage this journey physically, mentally, and emotionally in the way that is right for them. This can include providing valuable reminders to remain compliant with their medications and guidelines, helping them to make lifestyle choices that will help to keep their body healthy and strong, and offering companionship, support, and encouragement to keep their mental and emotional health high, and support better quality of life as they age in place. As a family caregiver this can give you tremendous peace of mind and allow you to ensure that you are also taking the time to take care of yourself and your other obligations while knowing that your parent has the proper care.
If you or an aging parent are considering in-home elder care in Litchfield Park, AZ, please call the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care. Serving North Phoenix, Glendale And Surrounding Areas. Call Us 602-362-6610.