Cancer Care

Finding out that you have cancer can be a shocking event, even if you already suspected it. We can help you or your loved one – whatever your specific situation.

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Living with Cancer

Undergoing cancer treatment can disrupt your daily routine. But it doesn’t have to. Live-in care can offer much needed emotional support and practical help during one of the most challenging events of your life.

We take the time to carefully consider individual needs so we can provide the highest quality care.

If you’re living in your own home and have been diagnosed with cancer, you may have questions about getting the care you need. As well as the information below, you can ask our care specialists what care is available in your area.

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A Holistic model of care to support those living with Cancer

Caring for a friend or family member can be both rewarding and challenging. Our bespoke cancer care plans can help you know what to expect – from day-to-day caring to looking after your own needs.

It is very understandable that so many people want to stay in their homes, with their pets and partners and everything that is familiar to them. Luckily, there is a life-enhancing alternative to care homes that is available to many people.

Depending on the treatment plan your oncologist recommends, you may find yourself unable to complete daily tasks. Live-in care can offer a sense of normality by assisting with day-to-day tasks from the comfort of your own home.

Live-in carers can assist with:

  • Personal hygiene and grooming: Many cancer patients benefit from help with showering, nail clipping, and dressing.
  • Mobility assistance such as getting in and out of bed and using the bathroom.
  • Household admin including light housework and gardening
  • Grocery shopping and other weekly errands
  • Pharmacy collections on your behalf.
  • Medical appointments Help with scheduling appointments with your specialists and offering moral support during treatment sessions.
  • Pet care Help with caring for your pet, including daily walks

Get the care you deserve when you need it most

A single live-in carer will be assigned to you while you need one, meaning that you’ll have consistent care from someone who understands your unique needs and requirements. They are trained to monitor you and can help manage and administer medication and respond to low-level medical emergencies.

Carers can help with:

  • Pain management: Live-in carers with experience with cancer patients can monitor pain and administer non-intravenous pain medications, reducing the risk of adverse side effects.
  • Nutrition: Cancer patients are more prone to nutrition deficiencies. Live-in carers will help you make sure you’re getting enough of what you need to recover and live well.
  • Side effects from chemotherapy and radiation: Carers will ensure you stay hydrated and maintain your appetite, and help with side effects that may be unpleasant

Improved mental health outcomes

A big challenge when living with cancer is keeping your spirits up and your mental health in a good place. Research has found that cancer patients are at an increased risk of developing anxiety and depression.

Live-in care improves mental health outcomes by:

  • Providing constant companionship
  • Allowing you to live with your partner
  • Reassuring you during challenging moments
  • Limiting daily stresses by taking care of household responsibilities
  • Allowing you to live life to the full, without worrying about the impact of loneliness and isolation

Being part of the community is important.

We often overlook the power of community in its role in facilitating recovery from and living well with cancer. Receiving care in the comfort of your home means you can remain an active member of your community and stay connected to friends, family and neighbours. Live-in carers can help with arranging social appointments, from hosting tea to attending your local events – little has to change when you have extra help!

External Websites

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer, you need to know what to expect. Get the answers to all of your questions so that you can make informed decisions about diagnosis, treatment and therapies.

Age UK Cancer in later life

Macmillan Cancer Support  

UK Homecare Association  

Marie Curie Care and support

Do you need to arrange specialist care for a loved one

Cancer patients and survivors are often uncertain about next steps in their cancer journey and holistic care at home becomes an increasingly important approach. 

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99% of live-in clients say the care they receive helps them have a better quality of life. (Taken from the Live-In Care Hub’s new quality of life study)

Staying at home with a professional carer will result in better health and well-being, dignity, independence and enjoyment of life.

Why live-in homecare is a real alternative to residential or nursing home care.

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Ashridge provided an emergency placement for me when I needed a live-in carer on 24hrs notice. This was a godsend to me as my mother had advanced Alzheimer’s and my Dad had been rushed into hospital. I really appreciated the professional approach from all the staff I dealt with and felt very supported. Ashridge found me a first class carer who was able to provide wonderful live-in care for both my parents allowing them to spend a few more months together in their home of 35 years. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Ashridge and live-in care.

Here to help

Choosing live-in care is a huge decision and not something that you should take lightly.

Some of these conversations can be tricky and it’s our job to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible.

We are more than happy to visit you and your family at home to discuss your situation and consider the options available to you.

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