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Helping a loved one recover from a severe accident

We often discuss the numerous challenges and obstacles injured parties face after a serious construction accident, from extensive rehabilitation and surgeries to lifestyle changes and emotional distress.

As difficult as this is for the injured party, it can also be upsetting for their loved ones. If your spouse or someone else you love has experienced a severe, life-changing injury, you may not know how to support or help them in their recovery. Below are some tips to help you help them through this.

Be patient

Being patient is easier said than done, but it is a crucial part of helping your loved one recover. Severe injuries take time to heal; some never fully heal, so patience is vital. This can be particularly important if they experience a setback.

What you can do is be supportive and check in on your loved one. Make sure they are getting to their doctor’s appointments and encourage them in their recovery. 

Seek out various types of support, outlets

Injured victims can require a great deal of help after an accident. Not everyone has the time, money or resources to help in every way. Thus, consider the ways in which you can be helpful. Possible ways to assist your loved one can include:

  • Making meals
  • Offering to clean a home or hire a cleaning service
  • Giving them rides to doctor’s appointments
  • Providing a fun diversion, like watching a movie together or taking a short trip
  • Connecting them to a therapist
  • Taking them on walks
  • Being available to listen when they need to talk

While you cannot undo a catastrophic accident or alleviate the pain your loved one may be feeling, providing them with love, patience and support can prove to be more helpful than you realize.

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