Close friends and family and WOLBI - Rachael loves the visits and it helps to stimulate her which she needs. Remember to engage her in conversation, tell her about your day, mention something you remember her doing or you doing with her. Sing to her, read some scripture, etc. Make a conversation even if she can not respond right now. She laughs, she smiles she does react some to what is going on. Make the visit for her. Talking to us and referring to Rachael in the third person is not good for her.
Please do not ask her:
"What did you say or what are you trying to say?"
Or say to her "Look at me" . We are not yet sure about vision and she is now making sounds but does not speak yet Please don't state in front of her what you think she is saying. Aside from those points, make it a fun visit. She needs the stimulation,.
Several folks have wondered what is the best time to visit. Here is Rachael's Daily Schedule:
8:00-9:00 Speech Therapy/Morning routine/Review of previous night etc.
9:00-10:00 Bath, meds, food etc.
10:00-11:00 Physical/Occupational Therapy
11:00-12:00 Rest/Recoup etc.
The remainder of her day is open. There are some activities that Nancy or I will take her to like exercise etc. but anyone can join in for that.
So Rachael is busy until about 12:00 PM. If you wish to visit, you will make the most of your time by visiting in the afternoon.
Weekends are free but she is still busy until about 11:00 AM.
If you visit any day after 6:00 PM, you will need to enter via the side entrance nearest Sawyer. You will need to push the labeled button to gain entry.
Please don't send flowers. Real flowers can introduce insects into the room and Nancy has allergies.