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The Practical Caregiver:
Managing a Hospital Stay

No one really enjoys a stay in the hospital. In recent years, many hospitals have worked hard to make their patients feel more comfortable, but even the best of them can seem a bit impersonal. At the same time, a hospital stay can be confusing. Patients are asked to absorb a great deal of unfamiliar information and make important decisions, no matter how ill or anxious they might feel.

As a caregiver, you can play an important role in the success of the stay by making your loved one as comfortable as possible and by serving as their representative to doctors and hospital staff. By playing a more active and decisive role, you can make all the difference between an experience that is productive and one that is frustrating and inconclusive.

Here are a few tips:

Most importantly, keep in mind that caring for a loved one during a hospital stay is not a do-it-yourself project. Enlist family and friends and set up a schedule so that everyone stays a few hours. Your loved one will appreciate the variety of company, and you'll appreciate having the time to take care of your business and to devote a few quiet moments to yourself.

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