Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Coping Strategies When A Loved One Is In Hospital

One of the heartbreaking things about getting older is that you see more and more of your loved ones end up in a hospital. Sure, there can be the odd joyous occasion - the birth of a new family member, for example - but, by and large, it can be a scary time.

However, while no one can prepare you for dealing with a loved one in hospital - or when they don’t make it out - there are a few coping strategies you can use to get through it all. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can make the experience more bearable, and ensure that everyone pulls through in the best way possible.

Remember - it’s not about you

First of all, while it can be upsetting to visit a chronically ill loved one in a hospital, you have to leave those feelings at the door. When someone is sick, they don’t want you to be upset because of their condition, they just want you to be there. It’s also important to remember that, according to, a positive attitude is viral. When it spreads to the patient, it can help reduce their stress levels and negativity.

Look after yourself and your family

You will be under an extreme amount of worry and anxiety when a loved one is in the hospital. And in these moments, it’s easy to forget that you need to take care of yourself, and your family, too. Make sure you are attempting to get enough sleep, and that you are getting enough nutrition. Exercise is also an excellent way to blow away the cobwebs and start feeling a little more confident. And finally, don’t forget to have yourself some ‘me time.’ You might feel guilty, but it will help you to retain some strength and focus on what is going on.

Take control of the situation

If you are the next of kin or a close family member to the patient, you are entitled to ask questions of the healthcare team. As pointed out by, medical malpractice is all too common, and asking questions will give you the assurance you need that the right treatment is being given. However, don’t be too pushy - doctors and nurses are under an incredible amount of pressure, and if you are poking your nose in too much, you might hinder treatment rather than help it.

Get support

With so much focus on the hospital patient, it is easy for everyone to forget about you. But don’t forget that you need help and support, too. Don’t isolate yourself and avoid people - allow them in and use them as sounding boards or just a chance to clear your mind. Good friends will be there for you, there’s no question about it. But if you don’t give them an opportunity, you could end up losing touch at the precise moment you need them.

There’s no denying that seeing a loved one in ill health can be a distressing time. But always remember that it is just part of life. And, if you can provide the patient with all the support you have, there’s every chance you will get the same in return when your time comes.

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