Visiting someone you love who’s in hospital can be daunting for a number of reasons, especially if you haven’t been to a hospital for some time. But, with the right advice, you can ensure your trip is pleasurable for both you and the person you are visiting. From bringing them get well gifts such as a bouquet of roses, to making sure you know the appropriate visiting hours, we’ve got some useful tips you’ll want to keep in mind:
Knowing when visitors are allowed
You can’t simply visit the hospital at any time, you need to visit during the allocated visiting hours. Showing up out of these times can lead to the waste of a trip and being told to come back later. Make sure you know the exact visiting hours of the ward your friend or relative is in so you can see them at the right time.
Calling before you visit
You’re visiting someone in hospital so chances are they will be having tests or feeling really tired. Make sure that you call beforehand rather than just popping in. They may not feel like having visitors right away after surgery.
What to bring
Sometimes it can be difficult to decide what to bring with you when visiting someone in hospital. Here we’ve created a list to help get you started:
- Ask them if there’s anything they’d like- Your first step should be asking the person you will be visiting if there is anything in particular that they’d like you to bring. Make sure that if they ask you to bring food, they are allowed to eat what they’ve asked you to bring.
- Magazine and books- When spending time in hospital there’s not much to do except sleep and watch television. Bringing them in some books and magazines will help them stay occupied and prevent boredom during their hospital stay.
- Flowers- Flowers are a great gift to bring any one you are visiting in hospital. Flowers brighten any room and can also add fragrance, depending on what you buy. If you are visiting someone who you are romantically involved with, consider purchasing a large bouquet of Valentines Day roses with all the trimmings including a small teddy bear to complete the gift. This gesture of love will be well felt and your loved one will enjoy looking at them by their bed side during their time in hospital.
- Plush toys- For young and old plush toys can make wonderful gifts to bring to hospital as they can also, like flowers add colour to any room and also be a real comfort to the person you’re visiting.
- Pajamas- A fresh pair of pajamas can be a welcome gift for someone who has spent a long time in hospital and hasn’t had the chance to wash their pajamas often.
- Photographs- Fun framed photographs they can put by their bedside is a great way to decorate their area or room, without having to stick things on the walls.
It’s important to show our support and love for our friends and family when they are sick in hospital. If you haven’t visited someone in hospital for some time I hope our list of tips has given you some helpful advice for just how to ensure you have a great visit, and bring that someone special a thoughtful gift they’ll really appreciate and enjoy.