ChristianaCare

All visitors are required to wear masks.

For COVID-19 safety, all visitors to ChristianaCare facilities and services are required to wear masks. This includes visitors who are vaccinated. Please read our visitor guidelines before arrival.

Masks required at outpatient locations; visitors and support persons limited

All visitors at outpatient locations must be masked in alignment with the masking guidelines on our visitation policy page here. Patients at ChristianaCare’s outpatient services are advised to come to their appointments alone unless a support person is absolutely needed. If a support person is needed, such as a parent, guardian or spokesperson, we highly encourage that the support person be vaccinated. Outpatient practices are not requiring vaccination or a negative COVID test for visitors at this time.

All hospital visitors required to be vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test.

  • Inpatients in our Christiana, Wilmington and Union hospitals may have one visitor daily between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. The visitor must be 16 or older.
  • Patients having outpatient surgery may have one support person accompany them. Support persons must be 16 or older.
  • All visitors and surgical support people must show proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test within the prior 72 hours.

Before visiting, click here for more details about visitation.

Visit coronavirus.delaware.gov or cecilcountyhealth.org for local vaccination and testing sites.

Health & Wellness

Your Needs as a Caregiver

As a caregiver, it’s very easy to forget about your own needs. But taking time to meet your personal needs is very important. By caring for yourself, you are caring for your loved one.

Seek support

Remember that you are not alone. Support is available, and getting that support is central to your health. There are two types of support that can provide help: informal and formal.

Informal support comes from your family, friends, neighbors and church, synagogue or faith community. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Let your friends and family know how they can help you.

Formal support is available from groups such as the Alzheimer’s Association, elder care centers, residential care centers, home health agencies, adult-day-care programs.

Other tips for caring for yourself

  • Get plenty of rest. Caregiving takes a lot of energy, so it’s important that you give your body time to re-energize.
  • Eat well-balanced meals.
  • Take time to exercise.
  • See your doctor for regular check-ups.
  • Reserve time for yourself away from your loved one.
  • Visit with friends.
  • Engage in enjoyable activities. Pursue a hobby.
  • Prioritize your caregiving by only doing what is most important.
  • Remember it is OK to not be perfect; no one is perfect.
  • Reward yourself. Caregiving is not easy, so take pride in it.
  • Join a support group.

Warning signs that you need help

If you experience any of the following, you should seek help from a professional:

  • Frequent use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Thinking about or becoming physically violent against your loved one.
  • Signs and symptoms of depression that last every day for more than 2 weeks:
    • Sadness, anxiety, or hopelessness.
    • Lack of interest or pleasure in usual activities.
    • Increase or decrease in appetite.
    • Insomnia or excessive sleepiness.
    • Low energy, fatigue, tiredness.
    • Feeling restless or irritable.
    • Frequent thoughts of suicide or death.