Schedule to Visit a Caregiver
Holidays like Easter and Passover can bring families together. These can be happy, memorable times. If you are visiting the home of a caregiver during these holidays, here are a few tips to make your visit happier and more memorable for you and for the ones you are visiting.
1. Schedule to visit a caregiver and stay for a period that does not stress babies, children, or the caregiver and care –receiver. Consider the health conditions, alertness, and endurance of the care-receiver and caregiver when you visit.
2. Bring food, maybe a main dish or some side dishes. Please don’t expect someone who is involved in daily caregiving to provide visitors with a complete home cooked meal and entertainment. Take the time to call and ask what others would like to eat, considering any special diets. Make the mealtime easy. Use paper plate and napkins. Pick up immediately after the meal. Clear the table. Help clean up the kitchen. Take the trash out for the caregiver. Let everyone in your family, even the kids, know that their help is needed and appreciated.
3. Don’t bring up controversial, unpleasant, or serious subjects during your visit. Keep the conversation positive, cheerful and affirming. No smoking or drinking in the house, unless the host permits it.
4. If you bring children with you, ask them to be considerate of house rules where they visit and to be extra courteous and thoughtful during their visit. Children should use their indoor voices, and should not wander through the house, or handle the host’s belongings or pets without permission.
5. When you visit a caregiver, don’t plan to stay the weekend or overnight, unless you are invited and intend to help the caregiver with night routines of caregiving, such as bathing, medications, and bedtime routines.
6. Bring something entertaining for the caregiver and care-receiver that they may enjoy looking at and discussing with you. A photo album of old family photos, a video or DVD of some show they might like, a hometown newspaper, and photos of the grandkids are good conversation starters.
7. Leave a good memory behind: flowers, a card, a magazine. Make a phone call thanking them afterwards.
Visit a Caregiver and enjoy your treasured time together!