3 Benefits of Hiring a Hospital Sitter

May 4, 2016

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Hospital experiences, planned or otherwise, can take a toll on the emotional health of patients. Whether dealing with a short overnight stint or a prolonged hospital stay, the natural instinct is for loved ones to act as medical advocates and companions. However, loved ones can’t always be there when they’re needed. Try as one might, jobs, children and life’s obstacles frequently creep up and impact the level of care offered to seniors. Hospital sitters are available to supplement the times loved ones can be there or, for those separated by distance, be there full-time. Additional benefits of utilizing a hospital sitter include:

Professionally Trained Supervision

Granny NANNIES only refers verified Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and Home Health Aides (HHAs) to our clients. Their training and knowledge primes them for assisting patients and loved ones both in and out of the hospital. Having a trained eye looking out for worsening signs and symptoms can alert hospital personnel and see to it that the patient receives medical attention at the first onset of incidence. The same goes for monitoring reactions resulting from new medications.

The CNAs and HHAs can also help explain the terminology and experiences one may be having, as well as act as an advocate if necessary. Moreover, knowing the patient has a CNA or HHA in the room may discourage them from pulling out any tubes or connections, in addition to being of service if or when they desire to get out of bed and walk around.

Experienced Companions

The CNAs and HHAs are understanding, having been through hospital stints with patients before, and are well-versed in providing emotional support to curb any anxiety or apprehension one may have during their stay. It can also help the patient’s disposition to know that even if it can’t be a loved one, there is someone there for them. Having someone to turn to for conversation and to share thoughts and feelings with can be therapeutic and help the body heal. When the body is flooded with feelings of loneliness and isolation, it unleashes an immune response that can accelerate the body’s deterioration.

Intermediary Communicator

The CNA or HHA assigned to your loved one can serve as the liaison between all parties — from the patient and hospital doctor to their private health care practitioners and loved ones. They can relay information about the care being provided, as well as the progress being made and any additional details. This can be crucial when medical language comes into play that can change the meaning or importance of a procedure or treatment and loved ones aren’t able to hear it firsthand.

If you or a loved one are in need of a hospital sitter, CNAs and HHAs are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for all ages and levels of care. Granny NANNIES believes in treating clients with the highest level of respect and dignity and maintains the commitment to excellence that it was founded upon in 1990. For quality, trustworthy, reliable and affordable care, Granny NANNIES is there. Call 800-316-2669 for more information about hiring a hospital sitter or utilizing other home health care services.