When your loved one is suffering from cancer, you want to do everything you possibly can to help that person on the road to recovery. You want to get in there and go to battle as well. While you cannot take on the fight against cancer for the one you love, you can give a chemotherapy patient the best of care once at home. Your diligent efforts and attentive support will make a world of difference. Preparation is key, ensuring you and your surroundings will be ready when your loved one is being cared for at home.
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Begin with a Thorough Cleaning
The first thing you need to do is a complete overhaul of your home when it comes to a thorough cleaning. Whether you bring in a cleaning service or do it yourself, every room in your room will need attention. You need to disinfect all surfaces, get rid of dust, and take care of any potential for mold. Your cleaning efforts should focus on the patient's room as well. Make sure that you have everything your loved one needs to be comfortable. Consider hiring a hospital bed and mattress that can be easily disinfected.
Make it a priority to keep your kitchen and bathrooms disinfected, as well as the patient's room, changing bedding often. The patient should have fresh clothing every day and all clothing should be washed in warm or hot water. Don't forget to bathe pets regularly as well and perform grooming to reduce shedding. You may also want an air filter in your home as an added measure of purification.
Remove plants and flowers as well to eliminate airborne particles that could lead to health risks. Remember that everything you do is to keep the home free of anything that could attack your loved one's compromised immune system.
Don't Forget the Importance of Washing
Everyone in the household needs to understand how important it is to wash your hands thoroughly and often. The patient needs to do the same. A surgical scrub soap is highly effective. The more you all wash, the less likely you are to spread germs. As an added precaution, use paper towels for drying hands, disposing of them as soon as they are used. Dishes should be washed in hot, soapy water and will be cleaned most effectively with a dishwasher. You can choose to use disposable dishware and cutlery as well.
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Choose Natural and Healthy Foods
In addition to putting so much energy into your home environment, you want to provide your loved one with healthy foods that will meet his or her nutritional needs. For many cancer patients, the greatest battle is building up their strength during such a difficult struggle as illness and treatments take a toll on the body. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a must. However, you must make sure that you buy organic or thoroughly cleanse all produce. You can also use canned fruits and vegetables to supplement the patient's diet. Don't forget to make sure that fruit and vegetable juices are pasteurised. You can't take any risk of adding bacteria to a weakened system.
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When you pay attention to detail and prepare ahead of time, you'll find that it is much easier to provide your loved one with the best of care during the fight against cancer. Use teamwork as a family to ensure your loved one has the best of conditions in a loving environment. Not only will you help the chemotherapy patient to feel better, that person will feel your love as well.