Having a baby or child admitted to a hospital can be a traumatic and stressful experience for both the child and the parents. Besides worrying about the medical treatments and outcomes, parents have to offer the physical and emotional support required for the child’s healing process.
Managing all of these responsibilities can be overwhelming, and sometimes it becomes challenging to ask for help from friends and family. However, it’s vital for parents to remember that they are not alone, and with support, they can get through this difficult time. In this post, we’ll explore some ways parents can ask for help from their social circle during hospitalizations.
The more specific your requests are, the more likely friends are to help meet them.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
1. Have a friend set up a meal train:
The last thing parents want is to worry about meals while they are by their child’s side. Having friends bring home-cooked or take-out meals can be a lifesaver. But coordinating multiple meal drop-offs can be tough. That’s where meal trains come in! A meal train is an online calendar where friends can sign up to drop off a meal according to the parent’s requested schedule. All parents need to do is share the link with their friends and family, and they can sign up for specific days and times. The cooler on the front porch trick works perfectly, too! Be specific about the drop-off times so you’re not bothered with unexpected guests.
2. Gift cards for food, gas, and necessities:
When parents have to focus on their child, they might forget about the things they need themselves. That’s where gift cards come in handy! Family and friends can buy gift cards for grocery stores, cafes, petrol stations, pharmacies, or any other necessary store. This way, parents can get what they need without worrying about the bills, and they don’t have to ask for money directly.
3. Help with yard work/taking care of pets:
When parents have to stay at the hospital for an extended period, it’s easy to forget about the house and pets. But neglecting those responsibilities can add extra stress. Offer to help with tasks such as watering plants, mowing the lawn, or walking the dogs. These small gestures will make a big difference and take yet another weight off their shoulders!
4. Support for taking care of the other kids at home:
When one family member gets sick, the other members often need to step up and help out. Offer to babysit or provide transportation for the other children. This will give parents the peace of mind that their kids are taken care of while they focus on caring for their sick child.
5. Groceries and meals:
Going grocery shopping can be difficult when a family is dealing with a sick child. Offer to pick up their groceries or make meals for them. It may also be helpful to offer to store leftovers in the fridge and freezer, so that they have meals ready when needed.
6. Errands and chores:
In addition to keeping up with daily responsibilities and chores, families may need assistance with running errands. Offer to help with taking the other kids to and from school, laundry services, house cleaners, etc. Anything that will lighten their burden is appreciated.
5. Offer to set up a crowdfunding campaign:
Sometimes, medical expenses and lost income can add to the stress and anxiety of hospitalization. Setting up a crowdfunding campaign can help raise funds to ease this burden. Offering to set up and share the campaign on social media can be a great way to help. Again, always check with parents before you undertake such an initiative.
Parents of children who have been hospitalized need all the support they can get, both physically and emotionally. As difficult as it may be, parents need to reach out to friends and family for help during these trying times. As family and friends, it is essential to recognize parents’ needs and offer support in practical ways. From setting up meal trains to offering emotional support, every small gesture goes a long way in making parents feel less alone. If you know someone going through this, reach out to them and offer your help – you might be surprised at how much it means to them! Remember, strength comes from community support!