It is you that your loved one usually requires the love and support when they are living with HIV. What your loved one has to go through is sometimes too hard for them to cope with. You can effectively help them out by noting these tips.
Understand the disease
The first thing all caregivers need to do is to accumulate as much knowledge about the disease as possible so that you can help your loved one in unexpected situations. HIV stands for “Human Immunodeficiency Virus”, what you should know next is about HIV facts, how it spreads, the ways to prevent it, how it progresses, how it expresses in patients, etc. Without suitable treatment, your immune system will be affected and HIV status will be more serious. Until now, scientists have not found out the cure for HIV, but some combinations of medicines may help to fight the virus. Learn such things carefully can help you know your loved one’s illness status better.
Talk about the disease
Let your loved one with HIV know that you are the person who is always on their side and are willing to listen to their thought and feelings. Remember that the patient with HIV often finds it difficult to talk about their illness. Therefore, you should create an environment that makes them feel comfortable to talk. Be open and close to them. Any attempt to support their mood and physical aspects is necessary to improve their status indeed.
Let your loved one contribute to household chores
Don’t let the person with HIV feel that they are useless. Your loved one never wants to be a burden on you. So it is good if you let them contribute to household chores as normal people. Thanks to this, your loved one won’t blame themselves as a burden on others. Sharing household chores, for example, is a good recommend.
Help your loved one be optimistic
During the illness, your loved one with HIV needs to be optimistic. A positive attitude can help encourage them to fight the disease. Your loved one can stay optimistic by taking some activities to get happiness, especially in engaging in a spiritual practice that can boost them. These activities motivate them to live healthily, so they can find out more meanings on continuing to make efforts with their HIV.
Encourage your loved one to take outside activities
It is unnecessary to keep the patient with HIV on the bed. They need to go out and connect with the community. This may help them not feel isolated or alone. Many social activities are available and suitable for patients with HIV. Take your loved one to a theater, go to a friend’s house, or take a walk outside, which can invigorate them when their mood is down.
Supporting your loved one with HIV can still be stressful even if their symptoms are being managed effectively. Some tips above can help them partly in supporting patient with HIV. In case they don’t work for you in some points, you need to talk to a doctor to help deal with your problems.
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Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017
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