Services to help make life easier after a hospital stay

If you’ve recently been discharged from hospital, you may be experiencing reduced mobility, tiredness, discomfort, or you may have been advised to limit any physical activity. From cooking to cleaning, there are many services which may help make your life a little easier until you get back on your feet.

Meal delivery services and pre-prepared meals

Cooking is one of those things that often doesn’t seem strenuous until you have no energy. However, when you are recovering, preparing those three meals a day can feel more challenging than usual. 

One option, which is becoming increasingly accessible, is meal delivery services. There are a range of possibilities to suit almost any taste, which can just help make life that little bit easier when you need it. 

Alternatively, if you can plan ahead, perhaps make some meals and pop them in the freezer or stock up on some ready meals from the supermarket. Also, if friends or family offer to lend a hand, don’t be afraid to accept their help!


Cleaning is something many of us would be happy to avoid if we had the option to, but alas, it still needs to be done. Many of us can feel uncomfortable about asking someone to help clean the house, or hiring someone to clean our home, but it really is important not to do anything strenuous if your doctor has advised you not to. Having someone around just to make sure everything is kept clean and tidy can help you keep focused on what’s important – recovering. 

If you’ve got a housemate, partner, or children who live with you, ask them to help out while you are recovering. 
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Babysitters or nannies

Making sure there is someone to watch over the kids can be hard enough on a good day. Add in any last-minute changes of schedule for appointments and possibly also work arrangements, and you’ve got yourself an additional challenge. Making sure that you have support for taking care of your kids while you’re recovering is really important. If you don’t have any usual support you might consider hiring a local babysitter or asking a friend to help out when the kids get home from school. If your recovery will be lengthy you might consider a nanny or au-pair who is also able to help out around the house during the day so you can get some rest.

Emotional support

When you’re recovering from a stay in hospital, you might experience emotions that you’re not used to as surgery can be a very significant life event. Restricted capabilities during recovery can also be difficult and frustrating. You may feel like those around you don’t understand how you’re feeling, but reaching out is still important if you feel the need to talk to someone. It’s important to voice these feelings to your doctor so they can make sure you get the right care.
If you’re experiencing distress, adults needing immediate assistance are encouraged to call Lifeline on 13 11 14, while young people may prefer to call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.
Whether you need all of the above suggestions for a few weeks or just one of them for a few days, take advantage of the services around you to help you recover. It might feel like a bit of a luxury at first, but being able to rest fully and not worry about the little things can make a big difference. 
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