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visiting V i s i t i n g

visiting V i s i t i n g i s u s u a l l y v e r y i m p o r t a n t t o b o t h t h e p e r s o n w i t h d e m e n t i a , t h e i r f a m i l y a n d t h o s e w h o h a v e c a r e d f o r t h e m , a s a w a y o f e v e r y o n e s t a y i n g c o n n e c t e d . T h e p e r s o n w i t h d e m e n t i a m a y e n j o y s e e i n g o t h e r m e m b e r s o f t h e f a m i l y o r o l d f r i e n d s . T h e r e i s n o r i g h t n u m b e r o f t i m e s t o v i s i t o r a m o u n t o f t i m e t o s t a y . T h e i m p o r t a n t t h i n g i s t o m a k e e a c h v i s i t a s r e w a r d i n g a s p o s s i b l e . C h i l d r e n s h o u l d b e v e r y w e l c o m e i n r e s i d e n t i a l f a c i l i t i e s , s o e n c o u r a g e g r a n d c h i l d r e n t o v i s i t . I f t h e y ’ r e y o u n g , t h i n k a b o u t p r e p a r i n g a v i s i t i n g b a g t h a t c o n t a i n s t r e a t s a n d a c t i v i t i e s t o k e e p t h e m e n t e r t a i n e d . V i s i t i n g c a n s o m e t i m e s b e d i f f i c u l t , p a r t i c u l a r l y s i n c e t h e a b i l i t i e s o f t h e p e r s o n w i t h d e m e n t i a d e c l i n e .

C A R E VISITING Try to find some ways to make visiting as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, such as : bring in newspapers and magazines to look at together read mail together play games that have been enjoyed in the past listen to music recordings or audio books watch a well-loved movie or home movie look at photo albums together help decorate and tidy the room help with personal grooming – washing or brushing hair, painting nails help with writing to friends and relatives. massaging legs, hands and feet with scented creams or oils bringing in perfumes and flowers so they can enjoy the scent a gentle kiss or hand-holding for reassuring contact let them see you smile, looking at them with affection visits from friends and relatives – even though they may not be recognised or remembered, they can still stimulate the person, giving them feelings of comfort and familiarity listening to a favourite book or poem being read a stroll or push in a wheelchair around the grounds. P L A N N I N G | 3 7

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