Once your parent moves to assisted living, it is more important than ever to stay in regular contact with him or her. Social interaction with loved ones staves off senior depression and can even benefit physical well-being! Here are some ways to stay connected and show your love.
The best way to stay connected with people is to visit them in person. If you live within driving distance of your parent’s senior living facility, visit often! One of the biggest benefits of senior living in Oklahoma City is facilities usually have full calendars of entertainment options and special events. Get a copy of the event schedule each month and plan to attend some of these events. Your parent will love having you there, other residents will love having someone new to talk to and you may find you have a surprisingly enjoyable time participating! You’ll also have the peace of mind of seeing in person that everything at the facility is in good order.
If distance prevents you from visiting in person on a regular basis, the next best thing is Skyping or video chatting. These technologies are relatively easy to use and allow you to see each other face-to-face. The miles will melt away and you may forget you’re not actually in the same room together.
Immediately after moving your parent to assisted living in Oklahoma City, you’ll naturally check in with them often to see how they’re adjusting. Once the novelty of your parent’s new living situation wears off and weeks and months go by, you may find yourself checking in less frequently than you once did. That’s understandable and is no reflection on your love for your parent. Life is busy! To make sure your parent continues to feel loved and remembered, why not join together with your siblings, children, aunts, uncles and other family members to create a schedule? Assign each person one day a week to call, Skype, or best of all, visit your loved one’s assisted living center in OKC.
Residents in assisted living in Oklahoma City unquestionably love personal visits and phone calls from their loved ones. Receiving mail is an extra special, unexpected treat! Have your children mail letters and drawings to their grandparents. Mark holidays by sending your parent a cheerful care package stocked with things you know they’ll love. Homemade cookies, books or audio books, photos, seasonal decorations for their room … you’re limited only by your imagination!
Our Village at Oakwood team is committed to providing a wonderful quality of life for our residents. If we can do anything to make it easier for you to keep in touch with your loved ones, including assisting them with computer or cell phone use, for example, don’t hesitate to let us know! Residents, future residents and loved ones are encouraged to contact us whenever they have questions, requests or concerns!