Taking a look at long-term care for mesothelioma

On Behalf of | Aug 31, 2018 | mesothelioma

Thousands of people suffer from mesothelioma in Louisiana because of the industries in which they used to work. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. Most of the industries that used to use this building material no longer do so because it has been almost been entirely banned. Let’s take a look at long-term care options for those coping with mesothelioma.

The most common type of long-term care is provided in the patient’s home by a family member or other loved one. It involves the caregiver providing meals and baths, sorting pills, making the patient feel comfortable, spending time with the patient and much more.

If long-term care at home becomes too difficult for the loved one to handle, or too medically-intense, a nurse may visit the home each day to help. The nurse might be able to come in the morning and stay for most of the day if no one else is home. Alternatively, nurses may check in daily and then leave after checking their patient’s status.

Long-term care can also occur if the patient needs to be moved to a nursing home or assisted living facility. There are also places known as adult day care centers where your loved one can spend the day while caregivers are at work.

Long-term care is necessary for those suffering from mesothelioma so that the patient can perform daily activities and be as comfortable as possible while they fight the disease.

It can be difficult for people who suffer from mesothelioma and other debilitating diseases to come to an understanding that they require long-term care. This type of care might be needed around the clock in some circumstances.