As an advanced air ambulance provider, we meet people at some of their most vulnerable moments. When someone is dealing with a family member who is sick and needs long distance medical transport, their emotions are running the gamut; people are often confused, frustrated, tired, and frightened – even angry. It's a lot to handle.
Our staff is here to help you make the process of arranging air medical transport for your loved one as stress-free as possible. This can be a scary time, and while the health and safety of your loved one is likely your primary concern, you shouldn't forget about your own needs. The following tips can help you cope if you're dealing with a loved one who needs an advanced air ambulance (or in any other medical crisis).
Don't be afraid to ask questions. You're going to be on the receiving end of a lot of information – from doctors, from insurance companies, and from the staff at your advanced air ambulance provider. Don't be surprised if it's hard to take everything in or if you find some details confusing. Instead of staying silent, ask for clarification or further details. At MedFlight911, we're always happy to answer your questions. If there's something you don't understand, ask us!
Don't ignore your own health. It's easy to neglect your own health when dealing with someone else's medical crisis. While your regular routine has likely been disrupted, it's still important to try to eat right, get enough sleep, and exercise. This will help you keep you stay healthy, so that you're able to do the most for your loved one.
Take a moment for yourself. You want to do everything in your power to help your loved one. But when dealing with a health crisis, it's easy for caregivers and family members to get burned out. In addition to your physical health, don't neglect your mental health. Take at least a few minutes every day for yourself. Meditate, take a walk, or simply go outside and get some fresh air – whatever makes you feel refreshed and reenergized.
Ask for support. As tempting as it is, don't try to do everything on your own. Reach out to family and friends. Chances are that they want to help, even if it's just to lend an ear. If available, consider taking advantage of support groups or support services offered by hospitals. These resources can help you navigate a frightening, stressful experience.
Remember, before caring for your loved one, you need to care for yourself. At MedFlight911, we're here to help you do that by making the long distance medical transport process as seamless and stress-free as possible, so that you can get the help you need to help your loved one.
To find out more about MedFlight911's advanced air ambulance services give us a call at 888-359-1911 or get a no-obligation long distance medical transport quote here.