Visitors cannot always be expected to understand the needs or limitations of the care recipient especially since the personal situation or health status may change from day to day or over time. Communicating clearly with visitors about important needs and preferences is essential for facilitating meaningful and more comfortable experiences for everyone involved.
- Provide visitors with helpful information regarding the abilities, limitations and preferences of the individual ahead of time. This might include diet restrictions, reading ability, need for rest, positive thoughts and encouragement, etc.
- Make suggestions for activities or plan backup activities for visits
- Keep important information regarding healthcare visible for those who may be visiting
The downloadable Helpful Information for Visitors worksheet may be helpful in preparing for a visit.
The following sections may assist you: