Caregiving Tips Weekly Recap. Hospitals: Rooms and Roommates

Hospital stays are stressful for the patient but also for the caregiver.  A few tips to keep in mind for your loved one’s room can keep the stressful level down for everyone (including your loved one’s roommate).
We pulled tips from the Hospitals: Rooms and Roommates chapter of 365 Caregiving Tips: Hospitals, Care Facilities and Hospice, Practical Tips from Everyday Caregivers and posted a daily tip on the website.  You can also find the daily tips Twitterand our Facebook page– we want to make it easy for you to find these tips!  
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The Weekly Recap is below:
Tip 60.  Be considerate of the roommate.  If people are in the hospital they definitely do not feel well.  Spread out visitors so the noise level is kept down. 
Tip 61.  If your loved one is kept in isolation due to an infection (such as testing positive for MRSA), be sure to follow all protocols before entering the room.  This could mean wearing a gown, mask and gloves and is for your benefit as well as the benefit of your loved one.
Tip 62.  If allowable, take a small speaker and music into your loved one’s room.  Hearing music they enjoy may help them relax.
Tip 63.  If there is a television in the room, monitor what is on it.  It may be better if they are not watching the news, suspenseful shows or anything scary.
Tip 64.  Are get well cards being sent to their home?  Take the cards to them in the hospital.  Decorate their room with the cards or put them in a basket.
Tip 65.  Take in a personal photo your loved one likes of the family.
Tip 67.  Create a photo collage for your loved one’s room.
My favorite tip this week?  It’s a toss-up between Tip 64 and Tip 67!  I love the idea of keeping the hospital room looking a little bit like home so decorating with get well cards and photos are wonderful ways to do this.  What do you do to make your loved one’s hospital room comfortable and cozy?
More practical caregiving tips are coming up this week! They will be from the chapter Hospitals: Visits in our book, 365 Caregiving Tips: Hospitals, Care Facilities and Hospice, Practical Tips from Everyday Caregivers.
Thank you for reading and we hope these tips make your caregiving life a little easier.
Take care,

Trish