Summer in Houston is a time for enjoying time with family and friends, but don’t forget to include quality time with your loved ones at an assisted living or retirement community. We at Holly Hall understand that these visits aren’t always as simple as dropping in on your family member. Read through our tips on planning your visit and making the most of your time spent with your loved one.
Plan Your Assisted Living Visit
Relatives hoping to visit with loved ones in assisted living must remember to plan their trip out in advance. Regardless of if your loved one is across the state or across town, making a plan with your family member of when your visit will take place is important. Many people in assisted living communities not only follow a potential schedule, but may have energy boosts during specific times of the day. Remember, they are your family member, they love you, and want to be able to give all of their available energy to your visit.
When planning your visit to a relative in assisted living, take into consideration their current health situation. You know your family member best, so keep their physical and mental state in mind when planning the length of your visit. Sometimes a shorter visit with happy conversation is better than a longer visit with long silences because the energy of your relative in assisted living is depleted.
Bring Comforting Items with You
Assisted living, while comfortable and accommodating for your relative, may require a sense of home in some cases. When you visit your family member, bring some gifts with you that can remind them of their importance in your life. Bringing family photos, recipes that you have shared together, movies, or even an old collectible that can strike up a conversation. Bringing along items like this will not only comfort your relative but also takes the pressure off of you for having to come up with a conversation starter.
Be Present with your Assisted Living Loved One
Don’t rush your visit with your family member. They have most likely missed your company and are excited for this planned visit. Slow down the daily rush and take time to enjoy a quiet, deep conversation as a family. Pay attention to your body language. Don’t take out your phone or fidget with another object. This can make your loved one think that you may not want to really be there with them. Be 100 percent present with your loved on in an assisted living community and make the most of your visit with them.
Welcome the Chance to Evaluate Health
Visits are a chance for you to keep your family member feeling active and involved with your life. However, it is also important for you to remember that you need to be involved in their life. Take the time when visiting a loved one in an assisted living community to step back and evaluate your family member’s health.
Assisted Living at Holly Hall
If your loved one is looking for an assisted living community that guarantees their comfort and a professional care staff, contact Holly Hall today to set up a tour and schedule your first visit to our Houston facility.