The word cancer evokes an emotional response in people. It is important to separate the dreaded word from the diagnosis and begin to take steps that lead your senior loved one to a clearer understanding of the disease. Here are four things leading Jefferson County elderly care agencies suggest doing after a cancer diagnosis.
The internet allows people to research a wide array of cancer topics from current research studies to treatments. It has opened up a whole new world for people looking for answers or hoping to better understand complicated medical terminology. Be sure to always use reliable sources, like the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society.
2. Take Notes
Appointments are stressful and it is easy to forget what was said after the fact. Always write it down before the information becomes jumbled, causing confusion and frustration. If possible, take a friend, family member, or Jefferson County caregiver to each doctor’s appointment to help remember the conversation.
3. Check Insurance Coverage
A cancer diagnosis can mean a financial crisis for many seniors who are not prepared. Always check with the insurance provider about what treatments are covered in the policy, including alternative methods. It may also be worthwhile to consult a financial planner about making changes that can help cover the cost of treatment.
4. Get a Second Opinion
It is the right of every patient to seek a second opinion after a cancer diagnosis. A good physician won’t be offended, and, in fact, many physicians can recommend a specialist. Seniors and their family members should be able to openly communicate with the doctor and nursing staff during this stressful time. Choosing the right doctor gives seniors the opportunity to take some control of their medical care and feel confident as they move forward with treatment.
Some seniors find it challenging to manage everyday tasks during treatment. Find the additional support your loved one needs to maintain a high quality of life during this process by reaching out to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers in Jefferson County can run errands, prepare meals, complete light housework, and provide emotional support and companionship. Learn more by calling (303) 987-5992 and speaking with a trusted Care Manager today.