Do you have an elderly loved one residing in nursing homes for the long term? Did you know that visiting them regularly is crucial for your well-being as well as theirs? A mix of emotions may be provoked when you give your elderly loved ones a visit at the long term home nursing care community they reside in. Aside from following the nursing homes’ written guidelines and policies for visits, you may feel at a loss for activities to engage in when you’re already in your elderly loved one’s presence. It is actually common for people to feel unsure about what to say or what to do during visits at nursing homes. It is even common for people to lose all their vigor at the start of the visit and leave the nursing home looking practically drained.
To help you avoid this event, here are some pointers to observe and follow to help transform your next nursing home visit into a more productive and more meaningful one for both you and your elderly loved one.
But first, the dos and don’ts when visiting:
As regards to your relations with the residents, aged care nurses, and staff, here are some of the more important ones among the many unwritten rules you need to follow:
· Always knock before you enter the room.
· When it’s time to attend to their personal care, always step out into the hall.
· Gauge the situation when it comes to using therapeutic touch. Ask permission first.
· Always smile and warmly interact with all the residents when you’re out and about.
· Keep the conversation positive and dwell on the good old days and nice memories. You can also update your loved ones about their grandchildren and other relatives.
· No matter if your elderly loved one is in a hospice caring facility, a dementia care wing, or an Alzheimer’s ward, never strike up an unpleasant argument that can drive him/her to become troubled or disheartened.
· Don’t try to wake up the resident. This will only make them groggy and irritable.
· Gauge the situation whether your elderly loved one would like their pets or grandchildren to come over. Make sure you comply to the nursing home’s policy about child and pet visits, too.
· There are certain foods that are not allowed based on the health condition of your elderly loved one. Be sure to not take anything on that list with you on your visit.
· Never bring in too many people that can startle the resident.
Great and Engaging Activity Suggestions for your Visit
1. Do physical workouts together on the outdoors part of the nursing home. Make sure it is not that strenuous. You can do simple exercises, too.
2. If they enjoy being with their grandchild, you can have the kid bring artwork or school papers with them for the visit.
3. Start funny conversations that can keep the laughter going. Pay attention to the meaning or feeling behind the words. Nonverbal cues or body language is better at showing your affection than any other kind of communication.
4. After all the talking, plan for periods of silent time, too. It can be quite tiring to an elderly person to keep up with long conversations, so show them that you’re okay with silence.
5. Despite having all sorts of problems in the real world, avoid leaking the negative vibes out during your visit by staying calm and composed. Dwell in the serenity of being with your elderly beloved instead.