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Is dad really OK to live at home without 24 hour care?

 

Question: I live with my father and he has esophageal cancer. He is 88 years old and is currently in rehab after two weeks in the hospital. He has a feeding tube, catheter, and oxygen. My family is talking about him coming home after rehab and taking turns watching him. I need to work and am concerned that much of what has to be done will fall on me, including during the night time. Does he really sound like a candidate for living at home without 24 hour care?

Dr. Amy: You are right on track in asking whether your dad can be on his own without 24 hour care. And you are right: you need a realistic assessment of how much, and what type, of care your father will need. I encourage you you and your family to talk with the discharge planner at the rehab center to come up with the answer. Then you can make informed plans. Good luck!  

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