Four things to bring to a loved one in hospice
When your loved one enters hospice care, it’s natural for you to feel a sense of helplessness. But your support is the most meaningful of all!
Simply being by the bedside of a loved one in hospice care is one of the best ways to help them.
But here are a few things you can bring with you that will make a patient’s day even brighter.
First, bring a positive attitude. Your loved one doesn’t need any added stress, and this isn’t the time to unload your grief or negative feelings.
Prepare and bring them their favorite meal. Almost any day can be made better with the gift of food, especially if it’s a meal that has special importance to them. Make sure to abide by any dietary restrictions their doctors have imposed, but otherwise, try to make the meal as close to what they remember as possible.
Bring some entertainment. We’ll be honest – life in hospice care isn’t thrilling.
We do our best to keep your loved ones in constant comfort, but being bed bound is no fun for anyone.
Bring a movie or a TV series they’re fond of.
And above all, bring your empathy. Your loved one may not want to talk. They may need a shoulder to cry on.
They may ask you to perform some tasks that they aren’t able to, like getting groceries or checking up on family members. Extend a hand, an ear, and a heart in their time of need.
Hospice can leave you feeling hopeless and helpless – but remember that just by being there, you’re providing just as much necessary support as the nurses and doctors who are helping your loved one through these difficult times.