Retirement living, even in the best community, can be a transition for the senior you love. Family connections should not be underestimated; numerous studies show that family involvement enhances the emotional well-being of senior living residents. Moving your senior into Country Meadows Village will take care of all of their day to day needs, but nothing can replace the wonderful feeling of being connected to family. Which is why we have compiled a list of 3 things for family to do once your senior moves into Country Meadows Village.
1. Visit – At Country Meadows Village, we encourage family and friends to visit their seniors. WE LOVE YOUR VISITS! You are always welcome to attend our classes and groups. Play a round of bingo, watch a movie, or join them for dinner. Your senior will love showing you off to their friends. We even have classes that we set up with the family in mind, such as the Alzheimer’s luncheon or the caregiver support group.
2. Call – A simple phone call reminds your loved one that you are thinking of them. If you live away from your loved one, consider setting up video chatting, like FaceTime or Skype. Many seniors look forward to the times they can see and talk to their children, grandkids, and friends who live elsewhere. Plus, it gives you a window into their life, too.
3. Remember – The staff at Country Meadows Village work hard to ensure that our calendars and menus are released early enough for family and residents to receive copies well before the event/meal happens. This is to ensure that you as family can help remind your senior to partake in the different outings and activities they might enjoy. Does Mom love crafting? Call her to remind her about our card making class. Does Dad love exercise? Join him for a session of Tai Chi. You can find our calendars in the library, on our website, or on Facebook. Also consider setting up a Facebook account for your senior so that they may share, too.
At Country Meadows Village, your senior is having fun and making friends, but they’d like to share their new experiences with you. Effective partnership between us will help ensure quality of life. Need more ideas or suggestions to make their stay here the best possible? Contact us at (503) 982-2221. We would be happy to help!