My mother lives in a Louisville nursing home. Recently, her Alzheimer’s has gotten significantly worse. My children—ages 3, 5, and 8—want to go visit her, but I’m not sure it’s the right thing to do. I don’t want to upset her or my children. Should I take them to see her?

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Absolutely! Keep the lines of communication open with your children, and encourage them to talk with you about their feelings. Certainly do not cut them off from their grandmother because seeing her may make them uncomfortable; interacting with her will be good for them as well as for her.

The National Institute on Aging’s Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center publishes a tip sheet on “Helping Family and Friends Understand Alzheimer’s Disease.” This sheet suggests some tips for communicating with the person who has Alzheimer’s, including the following:

  • Help your children understand how much your mother can still do and understand.
  • Let them know how to start talking with your mother. They should make eye contact and identify themselves: “Hi Grandma. I’m Jeannie.”
  • Tell them to try not to correct their grandmother if she makes a mistake or forgets something. They should respond to the feelings she expresses or talk about something else.
  • If possible, plan fun activities, such as a family get-together or a visit to a friend’s house. Perhaps you and your children could put together a photo album with your mother.

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