Families play an essential role in providing support for their older loved ones. The presence of family promotes social and emotional engagement. Family involvement in senior living communities can help improve quality of life, lower the risk of depression, and provide security.
Families should take time to make sure they are involved in senior living. However, senior living centers should also find ways to promote involvement. This post will cover tips to foster family involvement in senior living.
Promoting Family Involvement in Senior Living Communities
Enable Virtual Communication
It is understandable if family members cannot always be there in person as much as they might want to be. Various forms of technology can facilitate communication between seniors and their families. Video calls, phone calls, emails, and text messages can help seniors maintain good communication. Senior living centers could also offer video conferencing to meet with multiple family members at once.
Involve the Family in Care Planning
Developing a senior care plan should be a collaborative effort between the family and staff. It includes sharing information about their older loved one’s medical history, physical and social needs, personal preferences, etc. Families should also have a way to provide feedback and discuss goals to improve their senior’s quality of life.
Hold Family Activities and Events
Family days are important for strengthening the connection between residents and their families. They can bond over activities, enjoy a meal, or learn new things. It can also be helpful to have flexible hours for family visits. Quality time with the family helps seniors cope with the transition to senior care.
Education and Support
The transition to senior living can be as hard for the family as it is for the resident. Senior living communities can support the family during these times by having support groups or counseling sessions. They can also provide educational resources to help families navigate having a loved one in senior care.
Make families feel welcomed and appreciated by creating family-friendly spaces in the community. It could be a dedicated family room. There could also be a dining room where residents can share meals with their families. Outdoor spaces like gardens and walking paths can also be good for spending time with family.
Spring House Senior Living
At Spring House, we understand that finding the right senior living community can be challenging. That’s why we offer a variety of amenities and services to cater to different needs and preferences.
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