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    We received an interesting question that I've not thought about before now,.

    Asked by WhatNextEmails on Monday, May 20, 2019

    We received an interesting question that I've not thought about before now,.

    What changes to your house have you made due to your diagnosis? What would you suggest to a newly diagnosed person do to prepare their home for your impending treatment and all that goes with it? Have you had to put in a ramp for a wheelchair? Has anyone had to have help from a relative or friend 24/7? What about things around the house that you might need? Thanks for your input on this.

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    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      We made one change to our bathroom after my cancer diagnosis. Since I was having a chest port inserted for my chemo treatments, we changed out our stationary overhead shower head for a flexible wand shower attachment, enabling me to control both the strength and direction of the water. It was well worth the change.

      4 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      Unless the patient is elderly and already having mobility issues, like already using a walker, I don't believe that a ramp for a wheelchair is necessary. They are expensive and most patients won't need them.

      We didn't do anything special for my diagnosis. I cleaned up the house, realizing that I would probably be too tired once I was in treatment.

      Comfortable clothes and shoes with non-slip soles is about all that you can anticipate. Every person's reacts differently to treatment. Even our taste buds change. So don't stock up on too much of anything until you are advised by one of the medical team.

      4 months ago
    • Saw4750's Avatar

      Wow! I went through many changes depending on what was occurring during my treatment. Had a temporary ramp put in because was so sick couldn't walk. Was wheelchairs everywhere. Once able to walk with walker added booster seat to toilet along with support rail ok n walk to aid with walker in getting up. Then was lucky to use my brothers bathroom for showers as has a handicap stall. After returned home has to get a seat that is open on one end so can slide into and sit to shower. Moved furniture out and around to make room for walker. Cannot get up steps in house by self so contemplating a ramp or special rails forassistance.

      4 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar

      I got a shower chair and it was really helpful. I also added a chair to my bedroom near a mirror. So days all I could do was take a shower and it was nice to be able to sit in a chair in front of the mirror to put on some makeup and fix my hair. Little things that meant a lot

      4 months ago

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