Why serve with the visitation team?
Health and healing is enhanced by human contact. A visit from a nonprofessional health care worker is a breath of fresh air and a much needed contact with the outside world. It is also an opportunity to give spiritual encouragement and prayer.
Your role in visiting others
- Make time to visit people who are either in the hospital or homebound.
- Call ahead or consult with family members about the best time to visit.
- Keep the visit to 15-30 minutes unless you know the person very well.
- Bring a small gift or flowers or something from the church (Sunday bulletin, sermon CD, etc.)
- Sit down and give the person your full attention. Keep the conversation positive and build up everyone you talk about. No gossip or criticism.
- Find out what additional needs they have. Contact the Care Team about how to respond.
- As you are aware of needs, make one or more visits each week.
- Coordinate with Care Team leaders about the current needs and the status of people in need.
- Call ahead to people you want to visit to arrange an appropriate time.
- Smile during your visit and bring good news with stories about what is happening in your life and at SRC.
- Pray with the person you visit. Pray for them prior to your visit and afterward.
Next steps . . .
Inform the Care Team leaders of your desire to visit people. Complete an orientation with Care Team leaders about visitation best practices. Go on a visit with a Care Team leader to observe.
Notes . . .
Be a respectful visitor to a person’s home or hospital room. Respect a person by not talking about private or medical information with others. Prior to the visit think about several subjects you could discuss together. When you visit ask good questions and be sure to listen more than you speak. Be encouraging and positive in all you say. Pray together with them before you depart.