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10 ways to help those with chronic illness

Nearly everyone knows someone like me who has a chronic illness. We treasure your help. Here's how.

Stay in touch.

Stay in touch. Visits, phone calls and E-mail alleviate isolation. If you make a phone visit, ask if the person feels well enough to talk. Keep visits to a reasonable length. A few minutes may be sufficient, depending on the person's energy level.

1. Call before a visit. Ask if a visit would be convenient and if you can bring anything (groceries, a newspaper, books, magazines, postage stamps, etc.). Don't bring food unless you know what the person can eat.

2. Don't visit if you have been exposed to a cold or infection. Many with chronic diseases take medications that may suppress the immune system.


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