Founder of largest network connecting patients and caregivers offers tips
to families, friends, caregivers and hospitals on how to be more
compassionate and helpful
CHICAGO, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- What do you say, what can you do when someone you love is bedridden in a hospital or suffering from a serious disease? To kick-off National Patient Recognition Week, a week-long observance beginning today to demonstrate the importance of compassion, empathy, and connection, Dr. Sharon Langshur, a co-founder of CarePages.com, has some simple advice for patients' friends, families and caregivers.
Say or do something.
"Even if you just admit 'I don't know what to say,' you're showing that you care enough to make the effort to communicate," says Dr. Langshur, whose company is healthcare's largest social network connecting patients and caregivers to communities of support. "Take the risk of trying to express your feelings, which is much better than having the patient think you're avoiding the elephant in the room."
National Patient Recognition Week was founded in 1995 to honor patients
and give healthcare organizations the opportunity to "demonstrate that
patients' needs go beyond the technical aspects of care to include
compassion, empathy, and connection." A former pediatrician who created
CarePages.com after her son was born with a heart defect, Dr. Langshur has
these tips from CarePages members, which also are featured in the book she
co-authored, "We Carry Each Other."
-- Allow patients to set the mood in conversations; if they want to laugh,
or vent, or cry, just go with it and be empathetic.
-- Avoid cliches such as "a positive attitude is everything," or, "what
doesn't kill us makes us stronger."
-- Ask about what they're going through and just listen; don't interject
stories about people you know who have been in similar situations,
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