10 cancer care tips mandatory for caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- A caregiver should be more alert in terms of the safety of his own as well as the cancer patient’s. Exercise, a healthy diet and proper sleep should be adopted for stronger immunity.
- Limit the contact with the cancer patient. Staying in the same home can lead to regular contact which can increase the chance of spreading the virus. Try to contact them with gloves, double masking and sanitiser even while living within the same home.
- Wash your hands before touching your mouth or nose or after sneezing, coughing, blowing your nose, etc.
- Always wash your hands before making contact with cancer patients or entering their room.
- Clean doorknobs, railings, kitchen shelves, remote controls, and mobile phones with a house disinfectant to ensure proper disinfection.
- Use an oncologist’s recommended soaps, sanitisers and disinfectants to clean your hands and home properly.
- Regular consultations and appointments should be done with the oncologist. These can be done over the phone or online through virtual meeting platforms.
- A caregiver should accompany cancer patients for their treatment schedule as per the oncologist’s advice. Remember: some hospitals may not allow the caregiver’s entry; so be prepared to be flexible as per the situation.
- After coming home, the first step should be washing hands with soap and water. Then sanitize everything you brought back home like your wallet, rings, purse, mobile phones, etc.
- Always maintain a distance of 6 feet while talking to a cancer patient. Masks should be an utmost priority while talking.
10 cancer care tips mandatory for a cancer patient during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Make sanitizers your best friend. Be it working on computers, calling via phone, or eating food, you must not forget to sanitize your hands and the belongings surrounding you.
- Going out is a strong ‘no’ for cancer patients. Even the family members should try to limit their going out or if it’s necessary, then with stringent precautions. Try to stay home as much as possible.
- Even if you have to travel out for appointments or a treatment schedule, wear protective gloves, masks and safety helmets before going out.
- A regular rich diet intake including fruits, vegetables, grains, pulses, etc. for stronger immunity is advisable.
- Try to avoid negative news about COVID-19 cases and keep yourself positive for challenging situations.
- Practice meditation every morning to relax your mind and body.
- Try to inculcate 10-15 minutes of brisk walking or exercise to build strength and endurance.
- Avoid meeting any relatives, friends or neighbours under any circumstances. You might not know who bears the virus and can potentially pass it to you.
- Do not underestimate the power of good and sound 7-9 hours of sleep. It rebuilds your immune system and strengthens your muscles for better functioning.
- Your emotional strength is your biggest weapon. Practice gratefulness, optimism, satisfaction, agility and self-talk.
Remember: This too, shall pass. Nothing is permanent.At SPARSH Hospital, we believe in being safe and careful before the disease affects you. SPARSH Hospital sparks a touch of life in every patient’s life by watching out for them as and when needed. With the help of our proficient team of oncologists, SPARSH Hospital takes command of taking care of cancer patients and ensuring the best safety and health conditions in these challenging times. With the second wave blowing up, doctors and nurses at SPARSH mandate precautionary measures and rigorous rule policies for safeguarding the health of the patients. While it may not be advisable to depend entirely on home care methods exclusively in the case of cancer patients, caregivers should focus equally on getting the best doctor’s recommendations, that we provide at SPARSH Hospital.