How You Can Help

The Road to Wellness Starts with You

Many patients believe that the more you visit, show your support and offer a listening ear, the better they feel. How can you help the ones you love? Start by educating yourself about your loved one’s condition and treatment options. By learning about their health care needs, you can provide the right kind of support and care.

Simple Ways to Show Support

  • Prepare a checklist for the hospital stay. Ask your loved one what he or she will 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 make 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.