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  • A doctor, nurse, or social worker can provide information about patients' specific needs, the availability of home care services, and a list of local home care agencies.
  • Services provided by home care agencies may include access to medical equipment; visits from registered nurses, physical therapists, and social workers; help with running errands, meal preparation, and personal hygiene; and delivery of medication.
  • Medicare may offer reimbursement for some home care services.
  • At a minimum, states must provide home care services to people who receive income assistance such as pension, gratuity etc and aid to families with dependent children.

There are different types of professionals:

- the house-help can help you for the housework, the marketing and the cooking
- the personal care attendant can help to get dressed, to eat, to wash yourself, and all the daily tasks you can't do on your own
- the hand at home is a person that can be present all the time in the patient's home if he's afraid to be alone at home. This professional can help the patient for little tasks but can't replace the lady-help and the personal care attendant.

Cancer patients often feel more comfortable and secure being cared for at home. Many patients want to stay at home so that they will not be separated from family, friends, and familiar surroundings. Home care can help patients achieve this desire. It often involves a team approach that includes doctors, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, family members, and others. Home care can be both rewarding and demanding for patients and caregivers. It can change relationships and require families to address new issues and cope with all aspects of patient care. To help prepare for these changes, patients and caregivers are encouraged to ask questions and get as much information as possible from the home care team or organizations devoted to home care.

Professionals can help you in your everyday life, because during the cancer treatments you may feel tired and weak, and so you probably won't have the strength and the envy to do all your housework and marketing.

The state or local health department is another important resource in finding home care services. The health department should have a registry of licensed home care agencies.

Financial assistance to help patients pay for home care is available from public and private sources. Government-sponsored programs can also cover home care for those who meet their criteria.

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