People often feel “imprisoned” by this condition so your visit is very important. Familiarise yourself with the details of their abilities first.
- Remember that your visit is not for your benefit, so raise topics of interest to the person or rely on simple things like the weather, sport, food
- If they are unable to talk take a newspaper, magazine, colouring-in book, photos to discuss with them
- Visit with a pet
- Take a meaningful object. Allow for smell, touch, taste
- Let the person’s partner, carer or medical staff guide you about the best way to take your leave and the best time to make your return visit