3 Big Tips When Visiting Your Senior Family Member During the Holidays
The holidays are here! It’s an exciting time to catch up with family, but are you feeling a little anxious about visiting your loved one in senior living? Let’s go over 3 big tips to follow when visiting your senior family member during the holidays.
- Provide Family Information Ahead of Time
You may visit your loved one in senior living all the time, but for those who are from out of town, they may not be aware of your loved one’s status if their overall physical and/or mental attitude has changed significantly. According to dailycaring.com, here are some attributes that you may want to bring to your visiting family member’s attention before they arrive:
- A significant loss or gain in weight
- Relying heavily on a walker or is in a wheelchair
- Dealing with incontinence
- Inability to do tasks like using the bathroom, eating or seating themselves
- Unpredictable behavior or memory loss due to dementia or Alzheimer’s
- Educate the Younger Family Members
Do you or your visiting family members have children? When children are startled, they may say something that can be hurtful to your senior family member. If there are children involved, it may be a good idea to educate them ahead of time on how their grandmother or grandfather has changed since they last visited, and that it is not polite to stare or comment on something they cannot change.
- Senior Living Community Holiday Events
Celebrate with your senior family member by getting involved with the community. If your loved one lives in assisted living or memory care, many communities like Sodalis Senior Living offer frequent get-togethers and events around the holiday. You can raise their spirits by spending time with the associates and other residents who may be neighbors or friends to your family member.
By planning a little bit before the actual event with the rest of your family, there will be less room for potential awkward moments to occur with your loved one. But the biggest thing to remember is at the end of the day, your senior family member just wants to spend time with you and the rest of the family. You are already making their holidays bright and merry with your presence and being active in their life.
If you need any information about Sodalis Senior Living or would like a tour at one of our communities, feel free to call 830-624-1044 or fill out our online form.