Visiting your elderly loved ones in the nursing home is extremely important as it provides them with some relief from their daily routine, and you get a chance to bond with them. It also allows you to make sure they are doing well and provide feedback to the staff on any issues you may have noticed with them.
Benefits of Visiting Loves Ones in the Nursing Home
- Evaluate their health and well-being.
When you visit your loved ones, you are first-hand able to ensure they are doing well – both physically and mentally. You can review how any illnesses they have are progressing, and whether being in the nursing home is a good change for them or not. Maybe they need more one-on-one support from the staff, or a change in medication. Visiting them is the only way you can be in the know on how they are doing.
- Bring back positive memories
Visiting your loved ones with the grandkids, pets or even momentos like videos and photos is a great way to help them relive old memories and share in how the family is doing now. Sharing old memories is also extremely beneficial to those suffering from dementia and memory loss.
- Keep them emotionally engaged
A visit from a loved one can keep an elderly person engaged in how the family is faring, and allow them to reconnect with people they may not be able to talk to regularly. You can also setup video calls so they can talk to family that is too far to visit them in-person, which will further reduce a feeling of isolation.
- Reminds them that you love them
In our busy lives, it is easy to forget that our elderly loved ones sometimes feel alone and neglected in their nursing home – no matter how good it may be. The one thing they always look forward to are physical visits, as it reminds them that you love them enough to take time out of your daily routine to visit them.
While it is important to visit loved ones, we also recommend phone calls, video calls, and letters. Anything that will help them feel connected to their family back home, and reduce feelings of anxiety or isolation. We also encourage family to visit, and recommend they visit at a time when their loved one is most active to make the most of the visit.