- Be as supportive and loving as you possibly
can. While a visit to a nursing home
might not seem like such a big deal to you, it could really brighten the day of
your loved one. Make sure they know that
they are still loved, and are not just there out of necessity.
- Don’t just surprise your loved ones with a
visit. Residents have lives too. You don’t want to disrupt the daily order of
their lives with a surprise visit. Make
sure you plan out your visits in advance, with both of your schedules in mind.
- Pay close attention to your loved one, and be
respectful. Listen to some of their
stories, and let them enjoy taking an active part in the conversation.
- Treat the residents like adults, not
children. The fact that some residents
require extra care for physical and mental disabilities his doesn’t mean they
deserve any less of your respect.
- Keep your loved one up-to-date with your life,
and how the family is doing. Without
being around the family as much they might not feel as much a part of the
family as they used to. Doing so makes
them feel more loved.
- If you have children, make sure you bring them
with you so that they can develop a bond with your loved ones in the home
too. These trips can be very educational
- Be cordial to other residents, not just the
resident you came to visit. Some of the
other residents might not get to enjoy regular visits from their family, and a
little hello can go a long way.
- Lastly, if you have the chance, take your loved
one out for the day. They spend enough
time inside of the nursing home. Why not
let them enjoy some free time away from the home?