After a mesothelioma diagnosis is made, it is not uncommon for a family member or friend to assume the roll of their caregiver. Caregivers are needed when a loved one requires constant supervision, including assistance with everyday activities. Given that the survival rate of most patients after diagnosis is one to two years, a caregiver might be required sooner than later.
Do you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma? You might be wondering what you can do to help aid them during their time of need. Caregivers carry out a variety of tasks, including:
- food preparation
- helping a patient eat and drink
- administering drugs to a patient
- drive patients to the doctor’s office or on other errands
When the end of the patient’s life gets closer, a caregiver’s duties will evolve. Helping a patient walk, go to the bathroom, and bathe are all duties a caregiver might be entrusted with.
While you are giving care to another individual, it is important to also take care of yourself. Eating, sleeping, and maintaining your stress levels are important. There are several places to receive support through your caregiving duties, including the Family Caregiver Alliance.
If you are the family member of a loved one that has passed away from mesothelioma, you might be entitled to compensation for your loss. Do not hesitate to reach out to an asbestos attorney sooner than later.