The Anointing of the Sick
By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them and indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ.Catechism of the Catholic Church 1499
If you have arranged for a sick call, some preparations for the visit are in order.
First of all, make sure that the patient and the sickroom are neat and clean. A short time before the priest or Eucharistic Minister is expected, turn off any electronic distractions, such as TV, radio, computer, cell phones, and other mobile devices.
Place a small table near the sick person and cover it with a clean white cloth. At a minimum, place a lighted candle and a glass of water on the table. If you have the following items, a complete set-up would include:
If few or none of these items are available, don’t worry; the priest typically carries miniature versions of these items in his sick call kit.
If the priest or Eucharistic Minister is coming only to give Holy Communion, then skip items 6-8, as they will not be needed.
The priest should be met at the door by someone with a lighted candle, who will lead the priest to the sick room. All present should kneel out of reverence for the Blessed Sacrament.