When a loved one suffers a serious injury, it can be a stressful and daunting time. Of course, you want to support your injured family member, but you may not know exactly how to do it. But the good news is you are not helpless when a family member is dealing with a life-altering injury.

There are so many things you can do to support your loved one as he or she recovers and adjusts. Here are some ideas for what you can say and do during this time.

1. Deliver meals

Delivering a delicious meal is one of the best ways to show your family member that you care. Whether he or she is in the hospital or recovering at home, a meal is an excellent thing to bring. Cover meals in aluminum containers so your loved one can choose to freeze them or put them in the oven.

2. Help in specific ways

Do not simply say, “Let me know if I can do anything for you.” This person may not want to ask you for assistance. Instead, be more specific and offer to do any of the following tasks:

  • Pick up food from the grocery store
  • Walk the dog
  • Clean up the home
  • Pick up medications

By offering to help in clear terms, it is more likely that your family member will accept your support.

3. Assist with phone calls and appointments

The aftermath of an injury will likely involve appointments with doctors and specialists. You may offer to make phone calls, write on calendars and provide appointments. Your loved one may also be interested in pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. You can help him or her visit a lawyer.

4. Be present

Sometimes, all someone needs while coping with an injury is to have company. You do not always need to be completing a task or offering consoling words while with your family member. Just hanging out together can provide a sense of comfort for your loved one.