Spending Christmas in hospital may be necessary for some but, for many, there is no place like home. We know that people recover more quickly at home with all their own, familiar things around them and with the love and support of their families and friends. At this time of year, it is even more important that everyone who is able to can be at home.
This winter is proving to be very challenging, and we are asking for your help in supporting your loved ones while they are in hospital and also helping them get ready to be discharged home.
If you share a household or are a carer, close friend or relative to someone in hospital, and are their key point of contact, you can help by:
- Staying in contact with the hospital ward they are on so everyone is clear about the expected date of discharge
- Supporting with any necessary arrangements to provide suitable clothing and shoes for the patient and understanding their ongoing medication needs
- Helping with their transport home. If you can help take a relative, friend or neighbour home when they are ready to leave hospital then it helps them to get home more quickly and it helps the NHS, too.
Little things like popping some milk and food in their fridge, turning on the heating in their home and checking for trip/fall hazards like trailing cables and rugs can make a big difference too.
If you can, please help a loved one get back in their own homes more smoothly and in time to celebrate Christmas.