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Special Needs of a Mesothelioma Patie...

by Senior Care Society on 07/17/2012 - 07:31 pm
Tag: Caregiver Advice

In order to be an effective caregiver for a mesothelioma patient, you must understand mesothelioma and the special needs associated with this disease. Caregiving involves challenging responsibilities that can only be accomplished after you understand the cancer, the special needs and the obligations of the role.
 
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer of the lining of the lungs, caused almost exclusively by asbestos exposure. Nearly 3,000 Americans die each year from this disease, with most cases having limited effective treatment options available at the time of diagnosis. This cancer is often diagnosed at stage III or IV because the symptoms don’t commonly manifest until later stages ...

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Universal Caregiver Concerns - And Wh...

by Senior Care Society on 07/06/2012 - 01:22 pm
Tag: Caregiver Advice

What do you do when illness lingers for many years? How do you manage the endless and extreme challenges of this unfamiliar life?  Along with everything you did before, you now have caregiving duties for which you weren’t trained, all the duties your sick spouse used to do -- along with household management, finances, sleep, sex/intimacy and the changes in and strains on your marriage -- all while bearing the agony of impending loss.  Although no two situations are alike, certain fears, worries and concerns are common for caregivers. These tend to center on intimacy, hygiene, money, decision making, disrespectful treatment, communication and strong emotions.
 
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