Q: Mom is in a nursing home and I desperately want my children to visit her, but they are relcutant. How can I encourage them?
A: The idea of going into a nursing home can be very frightening for children, no matter what age they are. Start slowly with weekly visits; limit them to no more than twenty minutes, and go at times when your children and mother aren’t too tired. Bring something that will help keep them busy. Encourage your children to take pictures of themselves or artwork they may have done that can be put in your mother’s room. It may take a bit of time to help your children feel more comfortable, but it’s well worth the effort.