A hospital stay can be a long, difficult process and, for many people, most especially children, can be actively frightening. A short hospital stay can be stressful enough, but for someone staying in a hospital for a very long period of time, it can be nearly unbearable. However, most hospitals encourage comfort for their patients in a variety of different ways. If you’re planning a hospital stay or are already in the hospital, the following tips can help make the hospital seem more welcoming and make you more comfortable. These tips are particularly important for children who might be frightened by hospitals, and lonely from missing home.
1. Effects from home
Effects to remind the patient of home can be remarkably comforting. If you’re going to be in one room for a length of time, photographs or treasured items can particularly nicely adorn a hospital room. Flowers can also serve to make the hospital room more welcoming, while loved toys for children can be wonderful for making hospitals more like a home. Just make sure that all effects are sterile, especially for children.
2. Get to know the people
Hospitals can seem far more unfriendly than need be if the patient feels isolated. In order to feel more comfortable in your hospital or hospitals, get to know the doctors, nurses, and other patients with whom you have contact. A friendly smile from a familiar face can make a hospital stay seem far less intimidating, and other patients might offer both friendly conversation and a shared experience.
3. If possible, explore
This may be difficult for people confined to bed rest. For people who are allowed or even encouraged to walk and move around, however, exploring the hospital or nearby area can offer a variety of benefits. For one, it can break up the monotony that typifies many residential areas in hospitals, while for another it can introduce a patient to other hospital patients. Furthermore, knowing the hospital well may make it seem more like home.
4. Know your care thoroughly
Part of the reason that hospitals seem threatening is that it often signifies the patient being out of control. To reduce this threat, getting to know one’s care and treatment thoroughly can help the patient feel a sense of control that is usually removed while staying in hospitals. Furthermore, this control may not be an illusion; an aware patient can help prevent mistakes and assure treatment is done properly, which hospitals will no doubt appreciate.
5. Communicate with friends and relatives
Many patients will receive visitors while staying in hospitals, but otherwise communicating with friends and relatives can make the stay easier. Furthermore, actively telling one’s visitors that you appreciate their appearances in your hospital or hospitals will encourage them to visit more.