What Are the Different Types of Home Care Services Available to a Mesothelioma Patient?

An home care service provider can give you most of the same care and services that you will get in an hospital. If your needs are simple, you may get one type of care. If not, you may need a combination of services. Your doctor should work with your home care providers to set up the best plan of care for you. This plan will include the kind of services you need, the type of staff best suited to provide those services, and how often the services are needed.

These are the type of home care services that you might need:

Nursing care

A highly skilled registered nurse (R.N.) can be very helpful to a mesothelioma cancer patient at home and can help relieve the burden on family members. This nurse comes into the home, looks at the care needs you and your family have, and sets up a plan of care along with the doctor. Services may include the care of wounds; ostomy care; giving intravenous (IV) treatments; giving and supervising medicines; and watching for side effects. Your care plan may also include giving supportive care, like pain control, as well as health teaching and emotional support. The needs of both the patient and the family are covered.

Home health aides/home care aides

An aide can help you with your personal care, such as getting in and out of bed, walking, bathing, and dressing. Some aides have had special training and are qualified to give more complex services if supervised by a registered nurse.

Occupational therapy

An occupational therapist will help you to overcome problems that keep you from doing normal activities of daily living. An occupational therapist will look at what you can do, and then teach you new ways to do daily tasks, like eating, bathing, dressing, and household routines. If special equipment is needed, you will be taught to use it. With the therapist's help, you can learn to do more things on your own.

Social workers

Social workers look at social and emotional factors that affect patients. They serve as case managers for patients with complex needs and help find sources of help in the community. This can include helping the family look for financial help when needed. They also counsel patients on coping with the demands of illness, family conflicts, and grief that affect the patient's care.

Homemaker/attendant care

A homemaker can perform light household tasks for you, like laundry, meals, housekeeping, and shopping. These services are done to help maintain your house rather than give health care. Some agencies assign a home health aide these tasks in addition to the health services.


A volunteer from a community organization, a home care agency, or hospice can sit with you, give emotional support, and help with personal care, paperwork, and getting to and from doctor visits.


• nutrition support and help with diet
• medical equipment and supplies
• lab and x-ray studies
• pharmacy services
• respiratory therapy
• transportation
• home-delivered meals
• problem-solving or other help by phone
• dentists, clergy, specialist doctors, and other health professionals
• emergency alert or safety monitoring systems

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