Most of us will be touched by cancer at some point in our lives, be it directly or indirectly, and it is estimated that one third of us will develop cancer at some point in our lives. The risk of developing cancer increases with age, with half of all cases being in people over 70 years old and the highest incidence being in people over 85 years old. Through our platform, you can find a carer with expertise in providing physical and emotional care and support for individuals with cancer.
How cancer care can help
Everyone’s experience with cancer is unique, so care providers will provide personalised care tailored to the specific needs and symptoms of you or your loved one ensuring you live as dignified and independent a life as possible. This can also provide respite for you and your family, enabling you to cherish your time with your loved one.
We also understand that age isn’t the only factor that will affect your experience with cancer. Each person has a different level of health and independence, different underlying health conditions, and expects a different outcome from treatment. Care providers should take all of these factors into account in order to provide holistic and personalised care. They will also adapt the care they are providing according to changing needs and abilities, be that through recovery or transition into palliative care.
The care provider should ensure that physical comfort, nutrition, and independence are always considered, whilst helping maintain positive relationships with friends and family members and allowing clients to live as meaningful a life as possible.
Questions to ask
If you think your loved one may need cancer care, you may want to ask some of the following questions:
Have you or your loved one been diagnosed with cancer?
Are you or your loved one currently in treatment for cancer?
Do you or your loved one need extra help and support whilst receiving treatment?
Do you or your loved one need specialist cancer care?
Are there any other health conditions that need to be considered?
How many hours of care would you like a week?
What are you or your loved one’s specific care needs?