Do you have kids or grand kids that like to visit elderly family members? It can be difficult to take young children to visit, but we should take advantage of the opportunities while they are available.
Before you go
For younger children, bring some toys or an activity to do. Conversations can get boring to them, but it can be enjoyable for the loved one to watch the kids play. Depending on the age of the child, try to explain to them in easy to understand terms the condition of the senior you are about to visit. For example, warn them of breathing tubes, oxygen masks, wheelchairs, or anything that could scare the child. Preparing them beforehand can help when they walk into the room. Also talk to them about the loved one they are about to visit. Share some stories and memories so they can understand your connection with the person you are visiting.
During the visit
Show the child equipment or injuries that they need to watch out for. Try to get the child involved at the beginning of the visit before they lose interest or everyone tires out. Allow the child to talk about what they are interested in and what’s going on in their life. Elderly people typically love to hear from children. Once the conversation or visit is over and the adults want to talk, set the child up with their activity. Continue with your visit and the adults can still enjoy the child while they are entertained.
Once everyone has said their goodbyes, try to answer questions the child may have about the visit. Be sure to supply age appropriate answers and not overwhelm the child. Share more memories with the child and hopefully more visits can happen in the future.
Secure Aging wants families to enjoy being together and appreciate visits for as long as possible. We can help make life easier by tracking monthly income and expenses, as well as fully advocating for our clients’ well-being and safety. We are here to help make your life easier and keep your loved ones safe.