Tips for Handling Visitors
- Encourage people to visit whenever possible, unless your loved one doesn't want to see anyone.
- Tell anyone you think might want to see your loved one, or whom your loved one might want to see, what's going on.
- Encourage people to visit early in your loved one's illness, especially if they hope to resolve differences or make amends.
- You may wish to appoint a family member or friend to commuincate with your loved one's support system about what is happening.
- Sometimes it is a good idea to limit the number of visitors (for example, 2 at a time).
- You may wish to set certain visiting hours or use a signal, such as a porch light turned on or a sign on your door, to let people know if it's okay to drop in.
- Encourage visitors to call before dropping by to see if your loved one is up to a visit.
- Never force your loved one to see anyone who is not welcome.
- Know that many visitors will be nervous or even frightened by things like changes in your loved one's appearance, or by the fact that your loved one is dying.
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This page was last updated: April 25th, 2007 at 1:26pm.