How to Stay Connected With Loved Ones in Senior LivingMay 01, 2019
At Blue Harbor Senior Living, we create an activities program that inspires social bonding. From happy hours to group classes to book clubs, residents find new and creative ways to connect with their peers! However, staying in touch with friends and family is extremely important.
Because every family has different circumstances, responsibilities, and expectations, there isn't a "right" answer for how frequently you should visit a family member in a senior living community. These tips will help you stay connected whether you're able to visit once a month, once a week, or every day.
Call Write or Video Chat
Especially if you don't live nearby, it might not be realistic to stop by as often as you'd like. Take advantage of technology by calling or setting up a video chat! Or, find the time to send a letter or postcard when you're away. You can also send photos and share videos of big moments your loved one might not be able to experience in person. Even if a resident isn’t super tech savvy, you can connect with the True Blue team to coordinate the best way to send messages and photos!
Make Your Visits Count
When it comes to family involvement, it's not about the amount of time spent, but the quality of the time you share together. In addition to spending one-on-one time together, you might also consider joining in on the community activities. Some great activities to join in on are events like Mother’s Day brunches or even a class for your loved one’s favorite hobby!
For some residents, having their family member present can be the extra push they need to get involved in the social aspect of their community—especially at the beginning. By sharing experiences together, you can help make even more great memories!
At Blue Harbor, each community organizes many different activities and events that are family-friendly. Attending these types of events can be a great opportunity for residents to share their community experience with you. Plus, you can make connections with the True Blue staff, along with other residents in the community and their friends and family!
To learn more about our True Blue approach to senior living, read all about our WOW! Moments and schedule a time to meet us. We post frequent updates to our Facebook page, and encourage you to follow us for fun inspiration and news!
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