Parent self-care when a child is hospitalized

Kathryn Elison, MSW Clinical Social Worker, shares advice for parents with a hospitalized child on how important and beneficial it is for them to remember to take care of themselves
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Parent self-care when a child is hospitalized

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Self-care is a very important topic for parents to understand when they have a child in the hospital. Self-care is any task you do in order to take care of yourself, reduce stress, and maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle. For example, self-care activities include, making healthy eating decisions, getting enough rest at night, and exercising like you normally would. When you have a child in the hospital, you are the most important thing in their life; but if you aren't taking care of yourself, you can't take care of them. You need to make sure that you take enough time for yourself to fill yourself back up, so that you can help participate in your child's healthcare.

Kathryn Elison, MSW Clinical Social Worker, shares advice for parents with a hospitalized child on how important and beneficial it is for them to remember to take care of themselves

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Kathryn Elison, MSW

Clinical Social Worker, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Kathryn Elison is a Clinical Social Worker at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She was drawn to her profession because of her passion to provide support to families experiencing a medical crisis. Kathryn accompanies her patients and their families during one of the most stressful journeys of their lives, helping them navigate through this challenge and supporting them each step of the way. A native of North Carolina, Kathryn moved to Los Angeles, CA after receiving a Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her free time, Kathryn enjoys exploring her new home state of California with her husband Jed and her dog Sallie.

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