How family and friends can support a patient after discharge

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The support of family and friends can be crucial in helping a patient after hospital discharge.

The Gather Group app has incorporated a number of research-based factors that have been identified as key ways family and friends can help, and combined them into a simple and easy to use app.

The Gather Group app can help family and friends to;

  • Provide emotional support: The patient may be feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or depressed after hospitalisation. Family and friends can offer emotional support by listening, showing empathy, and offering encouragement.
  • Help with daily tasks: Depending on the patient’s condition, they may need help with daily tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and running errands. Family and friends can offer to assist with these tasks to help ease the patient’s burden.
  • Coordinate and attend follow-up appointments: Attending follow-up appointments with the patient can help them feel more comfortable and supported.
  • Keep track of medications: It can be difficult to remember to take medication and keep up to date with prescriptions. Family can help with this.
  • Encourage healthy habits: Family and friends can support the patient’s recovery by encouraging healthy habits such as eating a balanced diet, getting enough rest, and staying active.
  • Provide social support: Social support is important for the patient’s overall well-being. Family and friends can help the patient stay connected with their social network, participate in social activities, and engage in hobbies and interests.

The app is a simple way to ‘lean in’ to family members recuperating at home and help them manage their recovery journey.

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