How To Get Involved At Your Loved Ones Senior Care Community
Building Relationships and Becoming Comfortable
A transition to a senior living community can bring up many questions for seniors and their loved ones. Will they like living at their new community? How long will it take them to adapt and feel comfortable? What will be the role of family members in their new life?
Ways To Stay Connected To Your Loved One
Most importantly, you and your loved one should know that the family members of residents are considered an essential part of the community. Both residents and associates at Redstone Village welcome the opportunity to get to know the families of other residents. Here are a few ways to get involved:
- Help staff members get acquainted with your loved one. You have an opportunity to help caregivers learn about your loved one. The better they get to know your loved one, the more they are able to understand their care. This may help them notice changes in their health and well-being. As a family member, you can encourage your loved one to share about their background, family history, interests and preferences.
- Get to know staff members and caregivers. While your loved one’s care is certainly top priority, you’ll both enjoy learning about those around them at their new community. You’ll soon discover common ground by asking about staff members’ own families, hobbies and aspirations.
- Become involved at the community. Most senior living communities are very open to family involvement. If you’re able to participate in community events, you’ll meet even more of your loved one’s neighbors and caregivers. Family members with musical talents could volunteer to entertain residents on the piano or other instruments. You can also inquire about other volunteer opportunities, as well as family support groups. Keep up with community communications and help your loved one to get involved themselves.
- Make a plan for special occasions. Outside of community-hosted events, you can also plan your own events for or with your loved one. Arrange to bring in treats for their birthday or anniversary as an opportunity to interact with other residents and staff members. Or reserve a private dining room or gathering space for a special meal or party.
- Schedule regular visits and communication. Above all, keeping in touch with your loved one gives them the comfort and confidence they need to find fulfillment at a new community. It can be difficult for long-distance family members to feel involved – but it is possible. At Redstone Village, we’ll help facilitate the involvement of family members in any way we can.