How can I help ease my aging parent's anxiety during a hospital stay?

A good way to reduce an elderly individual's anxiety during a hospital stay is to be present and encouraging during their time there. It is also a good idea to bring some familiarity to the hospital room. One way to do this is to bring some items from your parent's home to the hospital.
Shelley Webb
You can help your aging parent be less anxious during a hospital stay by bringing glasses, hearing aids (and extra batteries), and dentures to the hospital. Older persons do better if they can see, hear and eat. Also, bring in a few familiar objects from home. Things such as family photos or favorite photos in an album, a pillow, a favorite comforter or blanket for the bed, rosary beads, a beloved book and relaxation tapes can be quite comforting.

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