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For some people diagnosed with an asbestos related disease the decline is gradual, for others decline occurs in a matter of months or weeks. Being a carer is something people do not plan to do. If your partner has been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease the demands of caring will increase over time.
The best care is "Care at Home" treatment for affected victims. This treatment is to relieve symptoms, reduce complication and improve quality of life. This may include dietary changes, drug and oxygen therapy, physiotherapy, daily physical activity (or passive exercises).
Asking and accepting help can be difficult. In part this is due to past beliefs carers are selfish if they consider the needs of anyone other than the person being caring for. Fortunately in recent years there is growing community awareness of the needs of carers - for people to carry out the role of a carer, they must maintain their own physical and emotional health. This may involve asking for assistance with day-to-day caring, taking time off from caring duties and having a short time away from the person they are caring for.
The Asbestos Disease Foundation of Australia (ADFA) provides the following support services for asbestos victims and their families:
- Palliative care teams; most large hospitals have teams of specialists to provide both in-hospital and out-patient care to relieve pain and provide symptom control;
- Specialist teams include doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, pastoral carers, social workers, bereavement counsellors and volunteers;
- Carer Resource Centres; and
- Community Carers Respite Services.
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