Hospital visits – whether for a surgery, a birth, or an accident – can be tough on everyone involved. In addition to the physical recovery that needs to take place, there is also some mental and emotional recovery, for both the patients and their family & friends. Helping your loved ones during their recovery will mean the world to them! The fall-back is usually some get well soon food, which is FABULOUS. Not having to worry about cooking is wonderful, but there are some other great ways to help out.
Recently I put together this “get well soon” basket that included:
- A nice “get well soon” card
- Egg bake and lemon blueberry muffins for healthy breakfast options
- Cashmere scarf to keep warm on these cool mornings and afternoons
- Fall flowers to put in the bedroom
- Disposable plates, napkins, and silverware for easy meal cleanup
- Fall-scented candle to put on the bedside table
A few other ways you can show your love and support:
Care & Comfort
- Listen – you don’t need to fix any problems, just listen and be supportive.
- Flowers & succulents – these are great to add a little life in the bedroom when you haven’t been outside in a while.
- Journal & coloring books – these can be really helpful to help process emotions during recovery.
- Candle – every woman loves candles 🙂 just make sure to get a soothing scent that won’t make any nausea worse.
- Blanket, scarf, or throw – these can cozy up the atmosphere, especially in hospitals where the blankets are not comfy (nor pretty).
- Audio books or movie rental credits – you can only watch so much daytime TV before you get bored.
- Recruit friends to bring meals – www.takethemameal.com is a great resource for planning.
- Use a dish you don’t need back – it will save your friend time and energy to not have to worry about cleaning and returning your dishes.
- Make something easily frozen – if they get a big influx of meals and can’t eat everything at once, they can pop a few things in the freezer for later.
- Use disposable plates, napkins & silverware – this helps especially when your friend is on her own (after the initial recovery period has gone by), so she doesn’t have to worry about major prep or cleanup.
- Give the significant others a break – offer to come over and keep things under control for a few hours while they get their own recovery and “me” time.
- Offer to go grocery shopping or do a Target run – this can help keep the household running while the significant other is being the primary nurse. Offer to buy toilet paper, shampoo/conditioner, feminine products, medicine, etc.
- Offer help with cleaning – this could include vacuuming, dusting, bathrooms, and/or laundry.
- Offer to cut the grass – the everyday things can add up when you’re not paying attention to them, so offer to help with chores such as cutting the grass.
Thanks to my friend Sam who gave me a few of these ideas during one of our 1.5 hour life-chat-phone-dates after her own surgery. What other ways have you offered “get well soon” help? What things would you love help with if you were sidelined for a bit?