The change that comes when your mom or dad moves into an assisted living community is generally positive, but it is, nonetheless, a big adjustment – so your parent will need support as they adapt to the next chapter of their life.
Below are a few suggestions to help you stay connected to your loved one living in assisted living:
- Visit (and visit often). You are a familiar comfort to them … which means that stopping by (even for short visits) is very important. Spend 15-20 minutes catching up on what they’ve done that day … have dinner together in the dining room … attend a program together … and don’t forget to celebrate special occasions and holidays! At The Cabana, we love to throw parties, and we encourage family members to join in.
- Find an activity you can do together. Whether it’s taking a walk or playing a game of checkers – do something with your parent that engages them physically or mentally … or both. For example, stroll the grounds and point out the different types of flowers, or bring out your competitive sides on the putting green. It’s a great way to maximize your time together and is beneficial for overall health and well-being.
- Get to know their caregivers. The staff at an assisted living community will spend more time with your parent than you will – so make a special effort to develop a relationship with them. Share interesting stories about your mom or dad. Make sure they know about favorite songs, movies, games or hobbies. At The Cabana, we encourage this interaction because we regard our residents – and their families – as our family, too.
Thinking about assisted living for your family member, but unsure if it’s really time? Check out our blog, 5 Signs That It’s Time for Your Loved One to Move to Assisted Living and for more information, give us a call at 772-332-1000.