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.