Receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer can be frightening and can make your senior feel as though they are completely out of control in their life. This can be not only upsetting, but scary, and even overwhelm your parent, and make it more difficult for them to know what to do moving forward. As a family caregiver, you can make a tremendous difference to your parent by empowering them throughout their fight with this disease.
By supporting your parent, and encouraging them to take control from the very beginning, you not only help them to feel more confident, but you also strengthen their motivation to take care of themselves in the way that is right for them throughout this time.
Some ways you can empower your senior during their fight with breast cancer include:
-Let them know they can seek out another opinion. Just because their initial medical team has suggested certain treatments or management options does not mean they have to choose those. They do have the right to go to other teams to find out more about other options and select the one they feel most comfortable with.
-Reassure them that this their fight, and that you are there to support them, not make the decisions for them. Tell them you want what is best for them and that you know they have the ability to make those choices and live the life they want from the moment of diagnosis.
-Encourage them to educate themselves about the disease, treatment and management options, and lifestyle choices. Getting as much information as they can, will enable your parent to feel confident and secure in their decisions, and to change their mind if they need to later.
-Bring an elderly care provider into your parent’s care routine to provide them with more independence, and support them in managing as much of their care and daily life on their own as they can.
-Encourage them to become a part of the breast cancer community and to show support to others going through the fight. Participating in walks, being in a support group, and even giving of their time and skills by making blankets or hats for patients can all be extremely meaningful for your parent, and help them feel like they are a part of something bigger, rather than just one person going through a difficult disease.
Starting elderly care for your aging loved one can be one of the best decisions you make for them during your course as their family caregiver. An elderly home care services provider can be a tremendous source of support for your aging parent, supplementing the care you already give and encouraging your aging loved one to live their highest quality of life as they age in place.
Fully customized services mean your aging parent will always get exactly what they need, including the confidence of knowing those services can change whenever it becomes necessary. These services can include transportation, meal preparation, medication reminders, help with personal care needs, assistance with housekeeping tasks, and more.
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