At Care Indeed, we understand how stressful – and lonely – it can be when in the hospital. If your loved one has been admitted to the hospital for any medical condition, surgery, or for other reasons, you may want to consider a hospital sitter. Most people are aware that hospitals are often short-handed, and family members have busy lives, making it impossible to sit with a loved one every minute of the day.
Depending on the patient’s age and the reason for needing hospital care, having a hospital sitter can be extremely beneficial. For those who are elderly, eating can be a chore; even reaching the nurse call button can be impossible. Going to the bathroom and attending to personal hygiene can be difficult. Most of all, those who must stay in the hospital for several days or even weeks get bored and restless, even depressed. This can inhibit the patient’s ability to heal quickly.
What do our Palo Alto hospital sitters actually do? Many things, including:
- Helping with meals and personal hygiene
- Entertaining and friendship – reading, conversation, playing games, and more
- Alerting medical staff immediately to problems, or seeking assistance from staff when necessary
- Documentation of doctor visits and any procedures performed
- Night time supervising of your loved one
- Making your loved one more comfortable
- Monitoring your loved one’s condition and activity
- Providing medication reminders and precautionary advice following surgery
Essentially, a hospital sitter can take the place of family members when they need to be away, so that they enjoy peace of mind knowing a loved one is in capable, caring hands. Hospital sitters can help prevent falls, often common in patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. While specialized caregivers are certainly not hospital staff or permitted to take care of any medical issues, it is comforting to know that your loved one will have companionship, and someone to monitor all of the activities going on, while making sure he or she has assistance when necessary to eat, bathe, and alert staff to any problems or emergencies. If you have ever experienced any time in the hospital as a patient, you know that the time between pushing a call button and a nurse or aide coming to check on you can be much longer than you would like.
If you have a loved one in the hospital and limited time to stay with your loved one, consider a hospital sitter who will essentially be your loved one’s advocate, looking out for his or her needs when you are not available to do so. Give Care Indeed a call today to learn more about our Palo Alto caregivers.