Seniors in elder communities living do not have much going on in their day. They look forward to meals and sometimes to activities. They receive very few visits. Therefore each visit is super important and very essential to their well-being.
When you visit a senior in an elder care facility they're likely to be asleep. People sleep because they're weak and exhausted, but they also sleep because they're bored. If you encounter a sleeping senior, please take the time to wake the individual up and say hello and give your regards.
Years ago a rabbi work for the Jewish Pavilion, and he would leave a card when he encountered a sleeping senior. Often, the senior would wake up, read the calling card and then call our office in tears. They were so sad to know that a rabbi visited and they missed
Recently this situation reoccurred with a slightly different scenario. Someone went to visit my mother on Hospice Care, and when the visitor arrived. She noticed that my mother was downstairs in the lobby with a Hospice doctor who was doing an extensive intake interview. The visitor chose not to interrupt the interview. Instead, she left a note on my mother's door, stating that she had been had visited.
When my mother got to her room, she was heartbroken to learn that a wonderful person had visited her and she had missed the visit. My mother called me to ask for the phone number of the visitor, so she could call and thank her.
My message is very simple. Please interrupt when you visit a senior!
No matter what they are doing, it is less important than your visit. Seniors can sleep or see a doctor anytime, but they can only get companionship when you visit. Elders love personal attention!
While most seniors face major adjustments when transitioning to an elder-care community, Jewish seniors face additional challenges. Not only do they lose their homes, and many of their friends, but they also lose ties to their cultural heritage. This is where the Jewish Pavilion, a 501(c)3 non-profit, steps in. The Pavilion provides friendly room visits, and festive holiday celebrations to 450 Jewish residents in fifty facilities for seniors. The Jewish Pavilion promotes inclusion, and thousands of seniors of all faiths are welcomed into our programs.
The Orlando Senior Help Desk (407-678-9363) has helped over 10,000 callers. This free information and referral service alleviates caregiver stress while giving advice on all types of elder issues. www.OrlandoSeniorHelpDesk.org