Monday, October 2, 2023

Home care

The medical facility where the RIT treatment is performed will provide you with instructions for special care to be taken at home, including important steps to take immediately afterwards, and in the days and week following treatment. These instructions can vary between different facilities, and you should refer to the treating facility to give you more details.

Generally, one can return to work right after treatment, unless otherwise specified by the treating facility. There may be additional medications that may need to be adjusted or stopped temporarily prior to and after treatment, such as blood thinners, and this will be instructed by your medical provider.

Creating a safe and supportive home environment is crucial for cancer patients as they undergo treatment and recovery. Here are some tips to help you establish a comfortable and caring space for a cancer patient at home:

  • Maintain a clean and hygienic environment: Regularly clean and disinfect the patient’s living area to reduce the risk of infections. Pay extra attention to high-touch surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, and countertops. Encourage frequent handwashing for both the patient and caregivers.
  • Ensure proper nutrition: Proper nutrition is vital for cancer patients. Stock the kitchen with healthy and nourishing foods that are easy to prepare. Consult with a registered dietitian to create a diet plan that meets the patient’s specific nutritional needs.
  • Provide a comfortable sleeping area: Ensure the patient has a comfortable and supportive bed, pillows, and bedding. Adjust the room temperature to their preference. Good sleep is essential for their overall well-being and healing process.
  • Create a calm and relaxing atmosphere: Minimize noise and create a peaceful environment. Use soft lighting and consider using aromatherapy with essential oils, if suitable for the patient. Play soothing music or nature sounds to promote relaxation.
  • Ensure proper medication management: Keep track of the patient’s medication schedule and ensure they take their prescribed medications as directed. Organize medications in pillboxes or use smartphone apps to set reminders. Dispose of expired medications properly.
  • Establish a support system: Encourage friends, family, and support groups to visit or communicate with the patient. Social interaction and emotional support are essential for their mental well-being. Consider organizing a schedule to avoid overwhelming the patient with too many visitors at once.
  • Assist with daily activities: Help with tasks that the patient may find challenging, such as cooking, cleaning, or running errands. Offer assistance without being overly intrusive, respecting the patient’s need for independence and privacy.
  • Ensure safety measures: Make sure the home is free of hazards and fall risks. Remove loose rugs, clutter, and other obstacles from walkways. Install handrails in necessary areas, such as bathrooms and staircases, to provide additional support.
  • Communicate openly and compassionately: Encourage open and honest communication between the patient and caregivers. Create a safe space for the patient to express their feelings and concerns. Be empathetic, patient, and understanding.
  • Seek professional support: Consult with the patient’s healthcare team for specific recommendations and guidance. They can provide valuable insights, resources, and specialized care tailored to the patient’s needs.

Remember, every patient’s situation is unique, so it’s important to adapt these tips to suit the individual’s specific needs and preferences.