Yes, you knew that you should make that sick-visit but you postponed it. I know the feeling.
But you heard the wise adage: the visit was made because you scheduled it.
People who are sick often cope with more than the pain of illness. Some are family-related, some work-related, many have to do with the future. People who are sick tend to worry some. Sickness often affects faith experiences.
So your visit will be appreciated. You will bless that home-bound member in your district when you stop by.
Here are some things elders have found could enhance the quality of their visit:
- It's usually best to make an appointment before you stop by.
- As you enter the sick room, make eye contact with the patient before looking around.
- Wait with the hand-shake till the patient extends his/her hand.
- Inquire about the illness but avoid pressing for details. (Remember you are not a medical experts).
- Don't refer to similar illnesses you know of among your acquaintances (least your own).
- Wait with sitting down till the patient invites you do.
- Listen carefully to what he/she tells you about the nature of his/her illness, but be modest in your inquiries. (Make notes of the visit as soon as you come home).
- Remember that this person may have additional problems and worries. Problems of faith may be real too. Don't be “teacherish”, but in a simple prayer lay these struggles before the Lord. Reading a few Bible verses will always be helpful.
- Avoid giving the impression that you are in a hurry but keep the visit fairly short; try to keep it under half an hour.
- …and remember lengthy sickbeds need regular repeat visits.
Leave a comment and share your thoughts.
- What are some things as elders have found that enhance the quality of your visits?
- If you have received a visit while sick, what advice would you offer to an elder?