Being admitted into a hospital can be depressing, frightening and lonely. Here are ways to help someone who is in the hospital.
Visit the hospital patient as often as it is allowed. The healing process is often better if they feel they are not alone, and that they have someone to help relate information or get a nurse when needed.
Keeping notes for a patient may often provide information that is later needed. One doctor or nurse may give information that is not given the same by another source in hospital. By writing down medications, procedures, updates, how often they patient gets new bedding may be vital to the patients recovery.
When the patient is being taken for an x-ray, or any tests, be sure to ask questions. Some times mistakes are made when communication is lacking. A patient often needs someone there to speak up for him/her.
When there are miscommunications, bad care, or other problems, be sure to speak to a floor manager or administrator. These people can assist you quickly.
Once the patient has left the hospital, be sure to follow up with their recovery. People who go home alone, may need someone to provide meals, pick up medication, or run other errands.
Keep hospitalized patients in mind, especially when you have free time to help.
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