Supporting Your Parent’s Emotional Needs During Cancer Treatment
— November 21st, 2018
When most people think of the effect of cancer and cancer treatments, they immediately think about the physical impact.
As a family caregiver, it is very important for you to find ways to help your parent cope with the physical side effects of cancer and cancer treatments, but also to not overlook the emotional impact as well. Suffering from cancer and undergoing cancer treatments can be severely challenging for your parents, and helping them to cope with their emotional needs is one of the most valuable ways you can help them to make the most of their treatment, and the most of this time of their life.
Some ways you can support your parent’s emotional needs during cancer treatments include:
Be there to listen to them. Be willing to sit quietly and listen to what they are going through, their concerns, their complaints, their regrets, and anything else they want to talk about. Try to talk as little as possible and just be there for your parent so they can express themselves, get things off their chest, and feel acknowledged and understood
Encourage them to participate in a support group. Finding a group specifically tailored toward those living with cancer helps your parent to feel less alone, and to seek out support and advice from those who have been there. This is also a place where they can express their emotions and vent while knowing those around them truly understand what they are going through
Let them acknowledge the potential for negative outcomes. Sometimes people try so hard to be “positive” and “optimistic” they feel forced to conceal their real feelings. This can even manifest as a greater fear of potential outcomes including more severe sickness and even death. Allowing your parent to acknowledge that this could end negatively means letting them work through their emotions, come to terms with this possibility, and feel more confident. It also gives the opportunity and impetus to handle important tasks such as establishing their will and directives, making arrangements for leaving a legacy, and recording their personal wishes to ensure they are followed when the time comes
Plan fun activities together. Make sure all the time you spend with your parent is not about their sickness or their treatment. Specifically, plan for activities and quality time together to keep your relationship bonded and make memories you can treasure.
Starting elderly care can be one of the most meaningful and nurturing decisions you can make for your senior throughout the course of your caregiver journey with them. Bringing an elderly home care services provider into your care routine is not about not wanting to care for your parent, or not caring about the quality of the care they receive.
In fact, this type of care means the opposite. The personalized support of a care provider is designed to give your parent the optimum care, support, and assistance as they age in place. This means they are able to live the type of life they want, stay as independent as they can, and still feel confident that they are safe and healthy. Whether you are able to be with your parent frequently or you live at a distance and can’t be with them as often as you’d like, elderly care means they always get exactly what they need and can live their highest quality of life.
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