There may be
times during cancer treatment when people cannot be cared for in their
own homes. Sometimes a person's medical needs are complex and it would
be unsafe for the person to be cared for by relatives. This could
also happen after major surgery when a person doesn't require hospital
care but needs to build up his or her strength before going home. As
people grow older or are diagnosed with a serious illness, there may
be times when they will need to move from their own home into some
type of supervised living arrangement. This kind of change always
involves feelings of loss, sadness, and anxiety as the known is
replaced by the unknown.
Most people place a high value on their independence. It can be
frightening to have an illness that may make you dependent on others,
even temporarily. Sometimes a person will need to move into the home
of an adult child. Even when this type of arrangement is temporary, it
still requires an adjustment for all concerned. Relying on others for
care is uncomfortable for most people. If your illness has resulted in
your asking for help from other family members, it is best to
acknowledge those feelings. Sometimes family members will be
unavailable or unable to help. You may then need to consider an
alternative living arrangement, such as a nursing home.
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