Five Quick and Easy Ways to Make a Patients Stay More Comfortable
Healthcare goes beyond medicine; it’s about treating the patient like a person. So, while staying in long-term care facilities, it’s essential they feel as comfortable as possible.
The situation can be upsetting to some, so making a patient feel at home can make a world of difference. Informing loved ones about what to bring or how to prepare can be the difference between a good stay and a great stay.
Here are five ways to make patients feel more at home while staying in a long-term care facility:
Decorate The Room: Have loved ones bring familiar pillows, bedspreads, and even curtains. This can help the room feel homier and more like the patient’s room and less like a care facility.
Comfortable Clothing: Inform loved ones and those caring for the patient to pack or bring comfortable clothing, such as a robe or loungewear, so things feel less stuffy.
Pictures: If any photos cheer up patients, make sure they bring them so they can go up on the wall. The photos can help ground patients in reality and remind them of their loved ones.
Toiletries: Most facilities provide basic toiletries, but bringing recognizable shampoos, conditions, lotions, etc., can be nice for the patient. It can help them feel more at home.
Visitors: Remind loved ones of the care facilities visiting hours and urge them to come and say hi. This can help make the patient feel not so alone while staying in a long-term care facility.
“Just doing these five simple things can help make a patient stay that much better. Most loved ones during this time are stressed out or upset, so it’s important we remind them how small things like these can make a big difference,” Joe Kubulak, Chief Operating Officer at SpecialtyRx.