I have done some long stints as caregiver in hospitals. It is not easy for me to sit in the same room for very long. It is almost torture if there is no window. I have learned some tricks to help me maintain my sanity as I stay with a beloved patient.
Plan ahead for your stay, not just the patient’s. Pack their supplies of underwear, house shoes, medications (or at least a list) and a decent toothbrush. Games, puzzle books and uplifting reading materials will be needed. Coloring is a soothing activity under stress. Drawing and doodling are good, too.
Your bag needs PAPER and PEN. You will be writing EVERYTHING down. Then pack healthy snacks, several bottles of water-based drinks. These can be diluted with water to stretch your supply. Vending machines take cards now, so coins will not be needed.
You may want your own small blanket…
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