As much as we want to be, we can’t always be with our loved one in an assisted living home or long-term care facility. Busy lives, distance, and other factors often prevent families from being able to spend time together, which is why it’s important to have ways to stay in touch and check in with one another. Here are some simple ways to show that you are thinking about your loved one:
Family Meetings – If you’re lucky to live close enough to your loved one, a weekly family meeting is a great way to check in and spend time together. Many care facilities have areas for activities like board games, recreational areas where you can play shuffleboard, or even outdoor swimming pools. A fun family gathering can brighten anyone’s day.
Photo Sharing Apps – If your loved one isn’t able to attend certain family events due to health reasons or other factors, photo sharing apps like Google Photos and Flickr are good ways to make them feel like they haven’t missed anything. If your family lives far away, these apps help seniors keep in touch with their families. No missed soccer games or dance recitals!
Technology – If your loved one is brave enough to tackle the world of technology, email, cell phones, texting, and video chats are an advanced way to have real-time communication with family. With the click of a button, seniors can interact with multiple family members at once or even be part of a family group chat!
Calendar Sharing – Pick up your loved one’s event calendar so you know what they’re up to. Drop off a copy of your planner, too. It’s always nice to know what family members are doing on a daily basis when you aren’t with them.
Write a letter! Keep in mind that not all seniors are comfortable with technology. Sometimes a simple handwritten letter can make a loved one’s day. Staying in touch can be hard, especially if distance is a factor. But taking the time to write a letter can make someone smile.
Being away from family isn’t easy, especially when you’re in a long-term care home. Keeping in touch with your loved one is important because it reduces depression and loneliness. It lets them know you care and that you’re thinking about them. Whatever form of communication you choose, your loved one will appreciate your thoughtfulness and make their day just a little brighter.