Presence and rest
Supporting a beloved member of the family or a friend in a moment of particular personal difficulty is of primary interest for relatives but is also fundamental for caregivers.
At the mean time, identifying ones limitations in terms of physical and emotional involvement appears to be important in a setting where too tired or too stressed persons are likely to be unhelpful.
Intensive Care Units provide a 24h assistance to patients' requirements giving relatives the possibility to rest and collect strengths for the moment in which their beloved ones will be discharged in another hospital ward or will come back home.
Pacing relatives' energies turns up to be of fundamental importance avoiding a lack of assistance in the moment of the greatest need.