It goes without saying that cancer—and the treatment of cancer—affects nearly every aspect of one’s life. In addition to the physical and emotional toll that many cancer patients face, cognitive functioning is another area of concern, especially for seniors who may already be experiencing memory loss. To support our residents and home care seniors who currently have or have overcome cancer, Spring Hills is pleased to offer a dedicated Oncology Wellness Program. Through this program, we offer a holistic approach to dementia and cancer care, built upon education, healthy socialization, and tailored forms of therapeutic recreation.
Educating Seniors & Relatives on Cancer Care & Recovery
Every patient is different and will feel the effects of cancer differently. To help our seniors and their families better understand the intricacies of their unique situation, our caregivers strive to be a resource, able to educate family members on what they can expect when it comes to cancer, memory loss, and additional symptoms that their loved one may face.
Through the insight of skilled caregivers, members of the Spring Hills family can learn how to properly manage the effects of cancer and chemotherapy, such as:
- Chemo Brain—Also referred to as “chemo fog” or “chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment,” this contion is marked by a change in cognitive ability, sometimes memory loss, as a result of chemotherapy.
- Terminal Restlessness—This condition, also called terminal delirium, is common among patients in advanced stages. Those experiencing this condition may experience feelings of agitation, confusion or cognitive decline, and physical or emotional restlessness.
- Cancer Fatigue—Cancer fatigue can be caused by the symptoms of cancer itself or the treatment. This condition consists of prolonged feelings of tiredness and a lack of energy, often resulting in social isolation and depression.
An Assisted Living Approach to Cancer Management for Seniors
The physical pain of cancer, combined with the fatigue that so many patients face as a result of chemotherapy, can keep even the most active of individuals from leading a life they love. However, it is important to know that physical activity can actually assist in tolerating aggressive radiation and increases the likelihood of remission.
At Spring Hills, we offer a number of physical activities that are mindful of the needs and capabilities of our residents, including those with cancer and those who are in remission. Fortunately, many of these activities are also a component of our memory care services, meaning they can help to relieve instances of memory impairment. Among these activities are tai chi and yoga, two senior-friendly practices that help to build physical strength and mobility, as well as improve cognitive functioning. In this approach to dementia and cancer care, our team can craft a tailored exercise regimen for your loved one.