Children hold a special place in the hearts of most older people. If your loved one has grandchildren, make it a point to bring them to visit, but be certain that you explain to the children what the resident's or patient's condition is. Be prepared to answer their questions honestly, and describe any medical equipment, bandages or signs of ailments that the children may see on their visit. Children always react more comfortably if they have an idea of what they will encounter before they arrive.
Younger children may withdraw from their grandparent if they do not understand the differences caused by aging or the effects of some medical conditions on their loved one. By doing simple activities together, grandparent and child can bond with the child having a clear understanding of why his or her grandparent is acting differently.
Some activities children can do with a resident or patient:
Making sure that children are aware of the possible changes in their loved one before the visit will help them be less anxious around the resident or patient and make them better equipped to continue developing their relationship with him or her.
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