The later stages of cancer are a time in which your senior is experiencing a great many symptoms and issues. One that might worry both of you the most could be fatigue because this symptom makes it so difficult for your family member to do much of anything. End-of-life care providers can help.
Determine What Other Symptoms Contribute to the Fatigue
Fatigue is extremely common for patients in the later stages of cancer, but there are some symptoms and issues that can make fatigue worse. For example, your senior may be experiencing constipation or side effects from medication. She may be in more pain than usual. All of these issues and more can make fatigue so much worse and keep her locked in a constantly exhausted state. Finding solutions for some of those contributing symptoms can lessen the fatigue enough for her to feel relief.
Schedule Activities More Wisely
It’s very likely that your family member has not just good days and bad days, but also times of the day that are better than others. She might feel stronger in the morning after eating, for instance, or she might be more lively after a nap. End-of-life care providers can help you to map out those ebbs and flows so that you can help your senior to schedule her time as wisely as you can.
Conserving Energy Wherever Possible
Anywhere that your elderly family member can conserve some energy is going to help her to fight fatigue. If it’s exhausting getting all the way to the bathroom, for instance, then it might be a good idea to move a bedside toilet into your family member’s bedroom. Or perhaps you can put a chair or bench in place between her favorite spot during the day and the bathroom so she can stop and rest. Look for ways to help her save energy whenever she can.
Managing Fears around End-of-life Concerns
The later stages of cancer can be a really frightening time for you and for your family member. She might be experiencing fatigue because going to sleep is scary, too. If your elderly family member is wearing herself out by worrying about her fears around dying, then end-of-life care providers can help to put you in touch with someone who can help her to talk through those concerns.
Your family member may experience varying degrees of fatigue. As those levels worsen and become better, you and your family member’s end-of-life care providers can tweak different parts of her care to help her manage those fluctuations.
If you or an aging parent are considering end-of-life care in West Chester, PA, please contact the caring staff at Serenity Hospice today. Call (215) 867-5405.
A veteran of providing quality healthcare, Michael has served with distinction in a variety of leadership capacities for nearly two decades, notably as administrator for several Skilled Nursing Facilities in New Jersey. Known as an innovative and solution-oriented individual, Michael has his finger on the pulse on new trends and concepts in providing quality care.
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