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Colorectal Cancer: In Treatment: Day To Day Living

Get Help To Keep Your Home Clean. Make A Healing Environment

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Get help if needed to keep your home clean.

Consider what arrangements, if any, need to be made at home because of your treatment. For instance, sometimes chemotherapy makes it difficult to take care of the house or possibly yourself.

Home care is available – and may even be paid for by your health insurance.

House cleaning is available for a limited number of people who are in treatment for cancer through an organization known as Cleaning For A Reason. To learn more, and to apply, see: offsite link. Members of your church or social organization may also provide help.

Before you have outside help come into your home, put away all valuables, credit cards, checks and cash even if the person comes from an agency with an honesty bond. Money doesn’t replace family heirlooms.

Do what you reasonably can to make your home into a healing environment.

The environment in which you live can affect your emotions and your health. 

Look around you. Is your home environment peaceful and conducive to healing and healthy life? 

If the environment is not healing, do what you can to change it. For instance, remove toxic substances which affect the air. Repaint walls to restful colors. If this is too much effort now, keep it in mind once things settle down after treatment.

If the environment is unsafe for your health, do what you can to eliminate the risk.

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