Supporting Your Loved One Back To Full Health

Though this may be a collaborative post, it's a very near and dear post to me and my family, as they all are. But some hit closer to home than others, so I hope you read it through and that these tips help you as much as they've help us and our mental wellbeing.

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Going through invasive medical treatments or complex illnesses can be physically and mentally challenging. Being on the road to recovery from a hospital stay or bed-bound isn't easy, but there is always the possibility they can make it back to total health or as close to full health as possible with perseverance.

Illnesses and medical conditions affect people differently, and never has this been more evident than the current covid pandemic and how it affects the people who catch it. But once your loved one is on the road to recovery, how can you support them to aid recovery?

Educate yourself

In this day and age, thanks to the miracles of the internet, it shouldn't take too long to have a rudimentary understanding of what your loved one is experiencing. Check out the information you find to better understand their limitations, any regularly reported unpleasant feelings, and the best methods you can assist them. This will put you in a much better position to help without feeling like you're taking over.

Talk To Their Doctor

Take your involvement a step further by personally interacting with their doctor on their behalf (you will need to obtain permission from your friend or loved one's doctor's office to speak with them) if they cannot do so effectively themselves. This will be the most efficient method of gathering vital information, such as the individual's physical limitations, the potential adverse effects of any medicine, and the most effective ways in which you may support them in their rehabilitation. It can also alert you to any irregularities in their condition or treatment. Find out What You Should Do if You Suspect Medical Malpractice so you can ensure they are getting the proper care and attention.

Make Sure They Don't Push Too Hard.

Determination is admirable, but as the adage goes, pride comes before a fall, and one minor stumble might exacerbate any existing physical damage. Recognize that losing one's independence is a frustrating experience. Still, if they're comfortable with it, try to be helpful by taking on small tasks they cannot do themselves, such as household chores, walking the dog, making meals, etc.

Pay Attention

This may appear to be self-evident on paper, but it is frequently the one thing that so many people seek on their journey to recovery. Pay attention to their concerns and assure them that you are available to assist them. The simple gesture of offering your time, support, and attention can sometimes be all that is required. You may not need to do anything other than sit and chat to ward off feelings of loneliness.

Build A Support Network

For both yourself and your loved one. Recovery is a tough road, and it can be fraught with many challenges. Sometimes, you cannot help, you are out of your depth, or you feel like you need a break from giving support to take care of other tasks or yourself. 

For this reason, you need to build a support network of people you can both rely on to assist you when required. Having a good network in place can be a lifesaver, especially during difficult times.

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