Supporting your loved one during his or her transplant journey

You’ve been there through the transplant process. Here are a few things you may want to consider when caring for your friend or family member during his or her recovery.


Try to help your friend or family member make a checklist of everything that might be needed each day. You could help your loved one create a schedule for medicine, diet, and exercise with input from their transplant team.

Tracking progress

Your loved one may find it useful if you help keep track of test results and measure his or her progress together.


Try using a calendar to help keep track of your loved one’s appointments. You may also consider writing down test results from each appointment, setting dates for goals, and recognizing important milestones


Why not ask your loved one how he or she is feeling? You could always talk with the transplant team if you feel it is appropriate. Your input might help the medical team understand what your loved one is experiencing and provide better care.

Getting around

Offer to provide your loved one with transportation to and from appointments.

Try to relax

Make sure you take time out for yourself.


Providing encouragement may help your loved one stay strong or make needed changes. Find ways to get him or her back into action through small steps.

Preventing infection

Help prevent infections in the household:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water
  • Use paper towels instead of sharing cloth ones
  • Be cautious and hygienic around pets
  • Stay away from your loved one when you’re sick

These steps will go a long way toward helping your loved one prevent infections.


Your friend or family member may have mood swings. These reactions may be due to the transplant experience, or they may be a side effect of his or her medicines. His or her emotional control may improve over time.

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