Prepping Your Kids for a Visit with a Loved One with Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Care Dallas It is natural for kids to be a little anxious about visiting a loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, but there are many things you can do to make the time spent together comfortable and productive for everyone. When a loved one is receiving Alzheimer’s care and you are bringing your children to visit them in the assisted living center, these tips will help you prepare.

Discuss the Disease
It is inevitable that kids will notice differences in their loved one, and that can be scary when they do not understand what is happening. Before your visit, have an honest conversation with your kids about Alzheimer’s disease and how it is affecting their loved one’s memory. Remind your kids that even if your loved one struggles to remember their names or may not want to play a game they used to enjoy that the disease is to blame and not something that the kids have done wrong.

Make a Plan
Take some of the pressure away from your kids by talking about things you will do during the visit. If you plan to sit and chat with your loved ones, discuss things your children can do to help, such as get your loved one a glass of water or a snack. Older kids may enjoy reading to your loved one, or you may be planning to all do an activity together. When your kids have an idea of what the visit will bring and how they can be involved, they will have less anxiety about what to expect.

Give Your Children Options
Talk to your kids about something they can do if the visit becomes overwhelming. Consider packing a few toys or books in case your kids need a small break, and talk to them about ways they can let you know they are feeling distressed without making a scene. Letting them know that they have options will help them feel confident about the visit.

At Avalon Memory Care, family visits are always welcomed and encouraged, and we provide plenty of space and activities for loved ones to enjoy together. Find out how we can provide Alzheimer’s support and continuous care in Dallas, Arlington, and Houston for your loved one by calling (214) 752-7050.