There are certain situations in life where we take on direct responsibility over another person.
Generally speaking, these will be close relationships where one party commonly cares for
another. The most common situation like this is a parent’s care for their child until they are
a grown adult. However, there are situations when tables turn and you find yourself having to
look after a parent, or when you find yourself having to look after another relative or friend.
Most of the time, they would generally be able to take care of themselves, but no longer can due
to some sort of illness or injury. This can be a difficult and confusing scenario to find yourself
in, as it isn’t generally one that presents itself to everyone. However, there are active steps
that you can take to ensure that you help your loved one to the utmost.
Visiting in Hospital
If your loved one is in hospital, make sure to visit. Hospitals can be relatively lonely places, even
if there are lots of medical professionals and other patients around. A familiar and friendly face
can make all the difference! If possible, you might want to ask whether the patient needs you
to bring anything to make their stay more comfortable. While they will receive the basics,
there may be some home comforts that they’d like brought along. For me it is my own pillows, cant
stand the plastic wrapped ones the NHS provide. Something as simple
as a pair of comfortable slippers or a better quality shampoo than what is provided can make all
the difference to their happiness. Just make sure that what you intend to bring is permitted by
ringing and asking a nurse on the ward first. Some items are prohibited and will not be allowed.
Consider Respite Care Services
If you find yourself caring for someone, you are bound to need a little time off or time to yourself every now
and then. While it is extremely rewarding, it can also be a draining commitment. This is where
respite care services can come in useful. These are professional services that see qualified
medical staff or carers take control of your loved one’s care while you take a temporary break.
This can give you time to relax and recuperate yourself, ensuring you are refreshed and ready
to return to your caregiving role.
Arrange Activities Where Possible
If your loved one is bed bound, they may quickly become bored. It’s a good idea to try
to incorporate as many activities into their day as possible. Try offering them a book,
playing music, sitting nearby for a good chat, or incorporating a game into their day. The
distraction can do them the world of good and keep them occupied, helping them to feel
productive in one way or another. One of the common items I see popping up these days a lot is adult
colouring books. I had mine in with me over the weeknd. You could also arrange phone calls or visits from other loved ones who they would be glad to converse with or see.
These are just a few different ways that you can really help a loved one through an
injury or illness. Sometimes it’s the small things that really make a positive difference!
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