February 13, 2018 |  written by IVX Health

How to Support Someone with a Chronic Illness

Figuring out the ways to best care for someone with a chronic illness can be complicated, but we’re here to shed some light.  Read on for our best tips on loving someone with a chronic illness.

Tell Them You Care

One of the best things you can do to support someone with a chronic illness is to simply tell them you love them and want to be there for them.  They may or may not be ready to accept help or even comfort, but knowing that you’re there for them does make a difference.

Keep Special Diets in Mind

Keep any special diets in mind if you’re thinking of dropping off an edible gift or a meal. If you drop off a box of chocolate truffles for Valentine’s Day only to find that chocolate triggers a flare-up, your gift might cause more pain (emotional and physical) than happiness.  If you’re unsure, keep in mind that it’s always better to ask if they can have something and ruin a surprise than to give them something that could cause harm.

Give Gifts of Service

Sometimes people with chronic illness have trouble doing certain tasks around their house, so this is a great way to help them out.  Whether it’s mowing the lawn in hot weather, vacuuming around the house, or helping get the garden ready for planting, gifts of service can be the most helpful and meaningful sometimes.

Give Practical Gifts

If you know of a particular symptom that gives the person you love trouble, get them a gift that might help alleviate it.  For instance, if they deal with being cold in the winter, get them a warm blanket or gloves.  If they get overheated in the summer, a personal fan might be a thoughtful gift. Anything that can make their lives easier or more comfortable will be much appreciated.

Ask What They Need

When in doubt, ask your loved one what you can do.  Don’t let them brush off your request to help.  Tell them you love them and want to do something to make their life a little easier, whether it’s making a grocery store run or hanging out with them while they receive an infusion.  It can be hard for people to ask for what they need, so making the request for them can be a gift in and of itself.

Treatment at IVX Health

If biologics like Remicade, Actemra or Orencia  are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider choosing IVX Health for your ongoing care needs. IVX Health makes it possible to receive your therapy in a comfortable, convenient, and private environment.

With a private suite for every patient, you can watch your favorite Netflix show or movie on the big screen TV in each room, use a laptop or other mobile device to surf the web, or simply hang out with family and friends. We always have chairs for guests, and each center has a family room that is spacious and private if you need to bring your kids to your treatment. We also offer flexible appointment scheduling – including evenings and Saturdays – at any of our convenient locations.

At IVX Health, we truly are invested in helping you live your best life. If you’re ready to experience a new kind of infusion clinic, click here to learn how to move your infusion or injection therapy to IVX Health.