Here is brief instruction on how to prepare for a home visit by a priest to celebrate the Anointing of the Sick.
Prepare a small table next to the bed
This can often be a nightstand or a collapsable table that is small and easy to move. The table will be there to hold all of the various elements of the ritual.
Place a white cloth on the table
It is appropriate to place a white cloth over the table, similar to the white cloth covers the altar at Mass. If the sick person is near death, or has requested to receive Holy Communion as part of the Anointing, the priest will bring a small container called a pyx with a consecrated Eucharistic host in it. The priest will place the pyx on the table and so the white cloth adds greater reverence and respect to the King of Kings who is truly present in the host. (This is also the case when an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion brings the Eucharist to a person who is hospitalized or homebound.)
Set up the crucifix on the table
A sick-call crucifix is constructed so that, when opened, the face of the crucifix can be set upright in a slot in the base. This creates a focal point of the sacrament, encouraging the sick person to unite their sufferings with Christ on the cross.
Place one candle on each side of the crucifix
The crucifix will also have two slots, one on either side. This is where the candles are to be placed and lit when the priest arrives. Again, this is to mimic the altar at Mass, reminding all present that Christ is truly present in the Eucharistic host that the priest brings with him.