Having a close family member ill in hospital is stressful. The experience can be all-consuming of your time and energy. However, in order for you to be there for your loved one, you must put yourself first and look after your wellbeing.
Stay Near The Hospital
Booking serviced apartments in Melbourne for short or long term use can make things feel easier. Hospital stays can be unpredictable and you can easily return to the hospital, knowing that you are within close proximity of the Melbourne CBD. Make sure to give yourself peace of mind with secure, quality, contemporary surroundings, free Wi-Fi and privacy for your family matters and relaxation. By making plans for accommodation, you will reduce the stress of traveling and feel rejuvenated, and feel better able to cope emotionally.
Be Practical If You Are The Family Spokesperson
The family spokesperson is typically the next of kin. Perhaps other family members consider you to be more responsible, or you have an interest in medical matters. Approach doctors or nurses with a calm, confident, professional mindset. If you are unsure about anything unfamiliar just ask. Remember your loved one needs informed consent for treatment and surgery.
Make some notes about new developments and unfamiliar terminology in a notebook. You will need to relay news to other family members, and notes will help. Have a cut-off to prevent communication with family and friends after e.g. 22:00. Delegate somebody to disseminate information if you feel pushed for time. Ask others to bring in items from home to make your loved one feel comfortable. Otherwise all Victorian hospitals have a patient liaison officer, to help with concerns.
Be Proactive And Informed
Join a society or support group to receive newsletters and information. Being informed will help you answer others questions, and put you in a better situation to cope and to support your loved one. In order to help with good decision making, you will need to feel in agreement with treatment and understand the urgency of matters. A good way of adjusting and managing is to understand the illness and the nature of treatment. Don’t let research become a full-time job in itself, though. Website Beliefnet offers some useful advice for the long term regarding boundaries and therapy homework: Advocating for your loved one can also help prevent medical errors.
Give Yourself Some Quality Time
It’s essential to prevent caregiver stress and burnout. You have the right to personal privacy and to reflect. Opt for some sightseeing in Melbourne. In order to better cope emotionally, avoid endless scrolling through social media or double-screening with the TV on and your phone in your hand. Any spare time must feel restful and fulfilling. Prioritise enjoyment e.g. read some of a book each day, and keep in contact with friends. If you maintain a healthy diet and take care of your own wellbeing, you can more easily look after somebody else and have more to talk about in hospital. Above all, be realistic.
Be Realistic About Others
Stress can bring out the best and worst in people. Some people complain rather than being proactive and practical. Others are unreliable. Some hide from the truth. Remembering how your family reacts means that you can be better prepared. Learn who you can count on for moral support for yourself and you will notice that many people are very kind and loyal.
Taking care and finding ways of making things feel easier for yourself during this challenging time is just as important as your loved one’s health, who is in hospital. Staying nearby, being practical about your role as the family spokesperson, and being proactive will help your stress levels. Equally, giving yourself quality time out so you feel rested, and being realistic about others should also help you manage and make the experience easier to bear.
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