Visiting a loved one at a hospital or rehab center can be a stressful situation. Many people make brief visits to those in assisted living, rehab facilities, or nursing homes -- or avoid visiting completely -- because they dread awkward moments. Recent research shows that loneliness is a major health problem, causing damaging stress and even memory loss. Even those living with others in group settings can experience the dangers of loneliness. Visits, however, can provide wonderful opportunities for bonding, connection, and learning from one another. Please don't let these concerns stop you from visiting.
You can take off some of the "performance" pressure you might feel in making conversation by bringing along a helping hand. Alice Kershaw from our SYNERGY HomeCare West Denver office recommends coffee, tea and/or a favorite sweet treat. You can break the ice by referring to your prop. “Look what I found. . . ." Or "I've brought something you might like”
*Alice Kershaw from SYNERGY West Denver delivers hot coffee and conversation as she accompanies staff at Accel Golden on morning rounds.