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Plug Into Innovative Solutions for Managing Chronic Illnesses

How you can help ease their burden
November 3rd, 2023

By Andrea Needham

Living with a chronic health condition can be difficult, not only for the person experiencing it but also for their loved ones.  If you have a loved one who is living with a chronic health condition, you may be wondering how you can support them in a meaningful way.  In this article I will explore some unique ways that you can help your loved one with a chronic health condition.

Home accessibility

Making home accessibility modifications can make a significant impact on their quality of life.  This can include installing ramps or stairlifts, widening doorways, and adding grab bars or handrails.  You can also help them rearrange their furniture to create more space for their mobility aids.

A stress-free home office

Working from home can be a great option for people with chronic health conditions.  Designing a stress-free home office can make a significant difference in their ability to work comfortably and efficiently.  This can include setting up an ergonomic workstation, managing noise levels, and creating a calming atmosphere to help them work without added stress.

Providing transportation

If a loved one is experiencing pain or fatigue, offering to drive them to their doctor’s appointments is a practical way to show care and support.  This can help ease their worries and stress and ensure they attend appointments on time.  Providing transportation for doctor’s appointments is a great way to show that you value their health and well-being.

Researching solutions for pain

You can also help them research alternative sources of pain relief.  For example, THCA, which is derived from the cannabis plant, has pain-relieving benefits.  THCA can be a wonderful solution for both controlling inflammation and nausea.

Helping them to relax

Living with a chronic health issue is tough.  Help your loved one unwind by suggesting meditation, yoga, or massages. Encourage them to take frequent breaks and do things that they love.

Show empathy, not sympathy

Verywell Mind notes that it’s essential to show empathy rather than sympathy when supporting someone with a chronic health condition.  Rather than pitying them, try to understand their situation and validate their feelings.  This can help them feel less isolated and more supported.

Assisting with daily chores

Daily tasks can be tough for those with chronic illness.  Lending a hand with chores like cleaning, laundry, or errands can make a big difference.  Consider hiring cleaners or meal delivery services to help your loved one even more.

Bringing groceries and meals

Living with a chronic health condition can sometimes make it difficult to prepare meals or go grocery shopping.  Bringing your loved one groceries and meals can be a great way to support them.  You can also offer to cook meals together or provide them with healthy meal ideas.

Inviting them to social events

CreakyJoints points out that social isolation is a common issue for people with chronic health conditions.  Offering to bring your loved one to social events can be a great way to combat this issue.  This can include anything from dinner parties to community events or even just inviting them over for a coffee or movie night.

Supporting a loved one with a chronic health condition can take many forms. Offering practical assistance like driving or helping with chores and providing emotional support can make a big difference. Remember, consistency is key when being there for them through this journey.

(Andrea Needham is the creator and editor at Elders Day.  A lifelong writer, she created her website to share information and resources with other seniors who love living it up as they age.)


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