How to Be a Great Rheumatoid Arthritis Infusion Buddy

Here’s how to provide the perfect support for a loved one getting infusion treatments for rheumatoid arthritis.

Maria Lissandrello
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Review the instructions with your loved one. Go over the notes you took, and place them on the refrigerator or in another visible place. Make sure your loved one has important phone numbers (doctor, infusion nurse) handy and knows what symptoms warrant a call.

Get a meal ready. Your loved one might not be hungry as soon as they get home, but it’s a nice idea to prepare a meal that can just be heated up later.

Let your loved one know you’re a phone call away. The best way to do that? Call when you get home to check in. If your loved one needs you later, they’ll be less likely to feel as if they’re imposing.

July 2013