How to Visit a Parent in Long-Term Care

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When someone we love is admitted to long-term care (LTC), our initial visits to see them can be very stressful, even before and after the actual visit. To help make these visits go more smoothly for everyone involved, here are a few helpful tips:

Planning the visit

Consider the best visiting times for you, your loved one and the LTC staff. For example, visiting is not helpful when the front-line staff are getting the residents ready for their day. A good rule of thumb is to not visit before 10:00 a.m. and not during the resident’s bedtime, which in some cases is quite early in the evening.

  • Check with the home on their visiting policy. Once a loved one has been bathed, has had breakfast and has all the
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    About Deb Jenkins, RN, BScN, MN

    Deb Jenkins, RN, BScN, MN(c), is Manager Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Kemptville District Hospital in Kemptville, ON.

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