Four Things You can do for a Loved One who is in the Hospital
Having to stay in the hospital for a long period of time is something no one wants to do. Aside from visiting frequently, people who have a family member or a friend in the hospital often want to help out but don’t know how they can. This blog is made to give you some ideas on how you can help a loved one who is currently having a long stay in the hospital.
Cook a meal for their family
Often times, people with family members in the hospital are under a lot of stress and are spending a lot of time travelling between their home and the hospital. So, if the person in the hospital isn’t someone in your immediate family, cooking a meal for their family to enjoy can be a very helpful gesture. This is a good way to save them time and it helps let them know that you are there for them and thinking of them. Frozen lasagna is a perfect idea for this.
In general, you can extend this idea to helping out the family in general! Ask how you can help out and if there are any errands you can run for them.
Start a fundraiser for them
Depending on where you live, a hospital stay can be very expensive. This is especially the case if the person has to miss work because of their hospital stay. Starting a fundraiser for your loved one who is in the hospital can get a little bit more cash into their pocket, and this can help relieve one of the greatest sources of stress when one stays in the hospital. There are many websites you can use to set up a fundraiser, and it is easy to spread the word through your social media.
Bring them a gift
This one may seem self explanatory, but we couldn’t leave it out. Something to keep them occupied is sure to make them happy – try bringing them a book or a journal. You could also bring them a blanket, or… a Giftgown! A Giftgown will keep your loved one more comfortable than the regular hospital gown, and the straps on the shoulders and back make it more practical than pyjamas, which is what most patients tend to wear during hospital stays.
Check in on them
Sometimes the smallest gestures can go a long way. If you can’t visit your loved one in the hospital every day, you can still show that you care by keeping in contact with them through daily texts or phone calls. People staying in the hospital will often get bored, so having someone to talk to will keep them occupied and reassure them that people are there for them.