V is Visitors

Hello and Welcome to my sixth attempt at the AtoZ blogging challenge.
My theme this year is Caring for the Caregiver. My posts are based on my experience and are not meant to be a comprehensive guide on the subject. I would love to hear your experiences..
You can catch up with my previous posts here.
With each post, I am sharing a sketch that I have done as a means for stress busting. 

Meeting friends, family members, colleagues from work, neighbours etc can help cheer seniors especially when their mobility is restricted. Despite technology keeping them updated with happenings around them, there is nothing to beat the human touch and voice. 
However, its necessary to restrict the number of people who visit our wards lest the latter get tired. Instead of us care givers making a schedule, the visitors can be requested to tie up among themselves. This way someone is visiting regularly and our wards do not tire. Additionally it gives us some time away either for work or simply relax!

I also discourage visitors from bringing gifts. Especially food. Elders usually are finicky about what they eat and there may be health restrictions as well. Flowers may cause allergy. Books may end up just lying around and never read. Happy thoughts and laughter are the best gift that visitors can give the elders they visit. (A point for us to remember as well when we call on elders.)

I have found that some people end up giving negativity by their visits. I have strongly discouraged such people even at the risk of being labelled as people-unfriendly. I cannot have my ward disturbed for no reason at all. 

If visitors wish to genuinely help caregivers, then Heather Erickson has a list of thoughtful things that caregivers will really appreciate. e.g. Offering to do their laundry, cook a meal for them… Do visit her post to read many more wonderful suggestions.

However, as I said before…
There is no one size fits all solution. 
Every family has to find something that suits them best. 
At best, posts such as mine will inspire a family to come up with their unique workable plan.

Only four more alphabets till this challenge ends.
How has it treated you?
Meet you tomorrow with the Y post!
Stay happy!

2 Replies to “V is Visitors”

  1. Having spent some time in the hospital, I can vouch for keeping negative people away from convalescents. Do you ever have to keep negative people from calling?

  2. Hi John! Yes, I have had to refuse some people from visiting.. an unpleasant situation but best for us! Thank you for stopping by!

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