When someone comes down with an illness, be it a minor cold or something serious requiring hospitalization, it’s always nice to know there are people who care. Caring for a friend or loved one is a deeply rewarding experience, and fortunately, there is no shortage on ways to accomplish this.
Bring a Pillow
When a loved one is confined to a hospital bed, it’s surprising how much a comfortable pillow can help make the experience easier. Whether it’s a favorite pillow from home or a newly purchased down pillow from the store, an improved cushion for resting and sleeping can make all the difference.
Burn a CD
Pick out a list of the sick person’s favorite songs and compile them onto one CD for listening purposes. Alternatively, create a playlist based on a theme, such as soothing sounds or something relaxing. Loading the songs on an iPod also makes for a great option.
It’s usually recommended that a sick person stay off his feet and get proper rest. A handheld electronic device can do wonders for helping to pass the time period where mobility is limited. There are a multitude of options to choose from in this category, whether it involves a tablet or some sort of portable gaming system. There are various choices to consider depending on the allotted budget.
Deck of Cards
Even with all the stimulation electronic gadgets can provide, a deck of cards is still capable of providing hours of entertainment. A deck of cards are particularly useful, as there are a number of games to play during the visit, but it also allows the sick person something to do even when alone. Solitaire was invented for passing time without the company of others.
Bring a Journal
Writing provides a wealth of powers to the mind, and any person bound by sickness has too much time to sit alone with his thoughts. A diary or journal is a great way to get those thoughts out even when there is no one around to talk to. Additionally, it can also serve as a place to store notes about doctor instructions, medications to take, and other important information about the recovery process.
Deliver a Card
It may sound cliché, but a simple get well card can brighten a sick person’s day considerably. Taking the time to write a thoughtful, personalized message in a card and hand-delivering it shows a lot of concern for the loved one.
Patient in hospital bed joondalup health campus by Leon Brooks