When a friend or family member is unwell people tend to rally round, helping to look after the patient, making meals and helping out with chores. Many people may find that for the first week or two they are inundated with offers of help but when someone has a chronic condition, as time goes on, much of the care requirements are left to one or two people.
This can be the case with mesothelioma. After initial diagnosis the patient may still feel quite well and their care requirements are minimal. However, mesothelioma can cause a rapid deterioration of health, resulting in vastly increased care needs, along with regular trips to the hospital.
When a partner or family member is ill, the spotlight tends to be on them and their needs, but it is important for caregivers to look after themselves as well. They can’t be much help to someone if they are tired and run down.
It can be difficult for caregivers to find time for themselves but it is extremely important that they do. Fatigue and stress can compromise the immune system and the last thing a mesothelioma patient needs is to catch a cold from their carer.
Some people unfortunately, don’t have friends or family living close to them who they can ask for help, but there is other assistance available. Macmillan Cancer Support can help with applying for financial assistance, counselling, respite care and getting help from voluntary organisations in your area. We have had clients with mesothelioma who could not have managed without the assistance they received from Macmillan and this is why we donate money from our successful asbestos claims to them, to assist them in the valuable assistance they provided to our asbestos claim clients.
Looking after a loved one with a terminal illness, such as mesothelioma, is extremely difficult, both physically and emotionally and carers shouldn’t struggle on their own. Keep yourself healthy and ask for help when you need it.
If you require assistance in pursuing an asbestos compensation claim for mesothelioma or other asbestos disease then please contact us today on our freephone number 0800 038 6767. Alternatively, head over to the ‘Contact Us’ page, complete the form and we will be in touch.