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Monday, September 16, 2019

Tips for Supporting a Sick Loved One

Tips for Supporting a Sick Loved One

If your loved one is suffering from a serious medical illness or injury, it can be hard to know how to handle it. While you want to be there for them, you may not know exactly what to do. Here are some things you should and should not do if you find yourself in this type of difficult situation.

Don't Give Medical Advice

Unless you are actually qualified, don't give medical advice. It can be easy to fall down the rabbit hole and start searching your loved one's condition online, but try to avoid the internet. Remember not all information on it is actually true, and it may only stress you out more. Leave the medical advice up to the doctors and play your role as a support person.

Take Them Food

Most likely your friend or family member will not feel up to cooking. Taking food is a great way to help him out. Whether it's making a casserole or sending a get well cookie bouquet, it can make a big difference to someone who is sick. You can enlist others to help as well and form a meal train. There are websites where you can have people sign up to bring meals each day.

Just Be There

Sometimes he doesn't need anything except for you to just be there. That can mean sitting by his bedside and holding his hand or just lending an ear when needed. Try not to treat him differently because of the illness as that can sometimes make things harder.

Although your loved one may not be feeling his best, you can still enjoy your time together. Getting through this won't be easy, but you find that your relationship becomes even stronger because of it. If it begins to get overwhelming, be sure to seek counseling to help yourself as well.