How You Can Help
When a loved one is in the hospital, whether family or friend, we understand you want to help and show your support — whether that means visiting in person, sending a gift or through prayer and spiritual support.
Ways to Help
Educating yourself about your loved one’s condition and treatment options is a good way to support your loved one on their journey. By learning about their health care needs, you can provide the right kind of support and care, both before their stay and after they return home.
Here are some simple ways to help:
- Prepare a checklist for your loved one’s hospital stay. Ask him or her about items to bring, and offer to pack those items.
- If you’ll be driving your loved one to the hospital, plan a route to arrive at the hospital a few minutes early to avoid stress.
- Pack small, uplifting personal items to decorate the room, such as photographs or children’s drawings.
- Ask your loved one to help you create an approved visitors list. Stick to the list to ensure your loved one doesn’t feel overwhelmed or caught off guard.
- Discuss the discharge plan with your loved one and other family members and friends. Ask:
- Who will take the patient home after surgery?
- Who will help at home?
- If your loved one has children, what are the children’s after-school schedules?
- Who will prepare meals, clean the house and wash the clothes?
Taking care of these details can help your loved one rest and recover without worrying about daily tasks and errands.
- Talk through everything in advance to give everyone peace of mind.
- Learn the names of your loved one’s medical team members and communicate clearly with them.
- Before the patient goes home, prepare the house:
- Fill any new prescriptions and have them ready.
- Stock the house with healthy foods and beverages.
- Keep a list of medications, including dosages and when to take them.