Ways to Help

The road to wellness starts with you. Many patients believe that the more you visit, show support and offer a listening ear, the better they feel. You can help by educating yourself about your loved one’s condition and treatment options. By learning about his/her health care needs, you can provide the right kind of support and care.

Simple Ways to Help:

  • Prepare a checklist for the hospital stay. Ask your loved one what they’ll need, and offer to pack it for them.
  • Plan a route to arrive at the hospital on time or early.
  • Pack small, uplifting personal items to decorate the room, such as photographs or children’s drawings.
  • Ask your loved one to help you draw up a list of approved visitors. Stick to the list to ensure your loved one doesn’t feel overwhelmed or caught off guard.
  • Discuss the discharge plan. Ask:
    • Who’ll take the patient home after surgery?
    • Who’ll help at home?
    • What are the children’s after-school schedules?
    • Who’ll prepare meals, clean the house and wash the clothes?
    • Talk through everything in advance to give everyone peace of mind.
    • Learn the names of medical team members and communicate clearly with them.
  • Before the patient goes home, prepare the house:
    • Fill any post-surgery prescriptions and have them ready
    • Stock the house with healthy foods and beverages
    • Keep track of medications and when to take them