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Promoting Quality of Life During a Hospital Stay

By Jonathan Wells, 7:03 pm on

Hospital stays are stressful. Not only are you concerned about your loved one’s health and wellness, your loved one is in a strange environment with regular interruptions, and quite frequently, the facilities can be noisy. Fortunately, the following tips can help increase quality of life during this period for your aging parent, grandparent or loved one.

Firstly, you may be concerned about privacy. Although many hospitals utilize private rooms, some facilities still use shared areas, especially in critical care units. However, communication can help in this situation. Be sure to request that curtains are drawn whenever possible. And remember, confidentiality is paramount to the medical staff that is helping the patient, too. Be open about your concerns with the individuals involved in your loved one’s care, and find solutions together to ensure that you feel comfortable with the amount of privacy being provided.

Another issue may be comfort. Sometimes the standard hospital bed may be uncomfortable, or the food being delivered may not be something your loved one enjoys. Communicating concerns like this can initiate alterations. In many facilities, additional beds or mattress pads are available; and different diet options can generally be obtained. In fact, it might be acceptable for you to augment your loved one’s meals with food from home. Talking to the physician about this first will ensure that the supplementary items are compatible with his or her recommended diet.

Finally, the most important factor in promoting the quality of life of your loved one during his or her hospital stay is providing general support. Sometimes this can be as simple as providing a social connection from home during a stressful period. Does he or she enjoy reading, or a particular film that isn’t available in the hospital? Bring in their favorite book or a movie – something small can make a huge difference in overall outlook. Another helpful way to encourage quality of life is simply to spend time with him or her. Whether sharing a meal or conversation, these regular activities can help a senior feel at ease.

If you are unable to visit or spend as much time at the hospital as you would like, consider help from reliable Douglas County home care agencies such as Home Care Assistance. Our highly trained, professional and compassionate caregivers are available 24/7 and can provide part-time care at the hospital to ensure continuity of care in your absence, or can provide 24 hour care to ensure safety and maximize comfort. Our caregivers can also effectively communicate with your loved one’s care team so you can stay up to date on their condition and progress at all times.

For more information about caring for a loved one at the hospital, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We provide flexible hourly and 24 hour care for seniors in Douglas County with no long-term contracts, and all of our services come backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call us at 720-441-3522 to request a complimentary no-obligation consultation and provide your loved one with the support they need for a safe recovery.