1. Start small. Begin by
choosing one person from your congregation to visit, preferably one who
lives close to you. Ask your pastor for suggestions.
2. Prepare your child.
Begin talking to your child about the upcoming visit. Have your child
create pictures and send them to the person you will visit—this will
prepare the resident for your visit too. Tell your child about the
resident and the facility. Think together about topics todiscuss.
3. Call ahead.
|Doughnuts and delight are in abundance when Rochelle Melander (left) and her daughter, Elly, come to visit Tracy Walls.|
Talk to the care facility or caretaker about good times for visiting.
Ask if there are any restrictions. Most care facilities have visiting
hours. Also, they don’t want you to visit if you have a cold or other
virus.4. Bring a gift.
A small gift that your child can present to the resident provides a
reason for the two to interact. Residents most appreciate gifts created
by your child—an origami animal, a painted rock or a decorated cross.
Mylar balloons also make a good gift (most care facilities ban latex
balloons because of allergies). We often bring food treats—but ask the
care facility first about what the resident is allowed to eat. You
might also ask the resident’s family for gift ideas.
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