Ways to Prevent Spending While Caring For Hospitalized Family

Introduction:Hospitals have cut back more and more with their staff. This has caused more people to stay with family, or friends, when one is hospitalized. While taking care of, and visiting with a family member, or friends, it's easy to spend too much money. Here are tips on how to cut, or prevent your spending.

  • 01

    Pack Your Food

    Skip the vending machines and cafeteria food. Pack your own food. Many nurse stations, and cafeterias, have microwaves. Ask if you can use it to heat up homemade soup from home, or other healthy foods.

  • 02

    Bring Your Own Pain Relievers

    Stress can often trigger headaches and body aches, while sitting in a hospital room. Bring your own pain reliever with you, so you will not need to purchase any from the gift store. Don't forget to bring along antacids also.

  • 03

    Bring Beverages

    Skip the beverages that are sold in vending machines. Bring your own beverages in a reusable drink bottle or thermos. Bring your own water bottle from home.

  • 04

    Bring Reading or Writing Materials

    Before you head to the hospital, tuck a newspaper, book or writing material into a tote bag, purse, or brief case. This will keep you from buying unnecessary items at the gift store, which typically carries high priced items.

  • 05

    Bring a Cell Phone

    Most hospitals charge patients a fee to have a phone in their room. Bring along a cell phone to make any necessary calls. It's also much easier to contact family and friends. If the room requires cell phones turned off, simply walk to an designated area to use it.




Final Thoughts

It is very easy to nickel and dime yourself out of money. Don't get caught up in spending money every time you visit your family member or friend in a hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation hospital.




Comments

  • pamperedpen 1/12/2012 Flag This Comment

    These are great tips. You'd be surprised how expensive hospital cafeteria food is. H5

  • litetender 3/14/2011 Flag This Comment

    I can tell you speak from experience!

  • penelope7 3/11/2011 Flag This Comment

    There are so many cutbacks. Patients don't even get the complimentary lotion, toothpaste and mouth wash, etc. Before my sister passed I was always requesting things like that.

  • hummingbirdee 3/2/2011 Flag This Comment

    This is excellent advice if you are going to be spending time in hospitals. I have spent many hours there and can back you up on all of this.

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