Sometimes, even though it’s the senior’s preference to live close by when they transition into an assisted living community, it doesn’t happen. Families can be spread out across the country, even the world. Friends move away and become rooted elsewhere, and it becomes more and more difficult to have one-on-one time with loved ones. So, how can family and friends keep in touch with seniors who are living far away?
- Use technology to your advantage! Use Skype, Google Hangouts, or any of the other real-time technologies that allow you and your parent to chat “face to face.” Emails and calls are always wonderful, but being able to talk with each other and see the other’s face is only second best to actually being there. If your parent is not tech-savvy, ask the staff at the assisted living in Lorain County community to help them out.
- Always remember special occasions. Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, they never fail to be important, and your senior parent will love and appreciate the time you take to send them a card, call them, or Skype them to recognize an important date.
- Stay with them when you visit! If the assisted living community has guest facilities, stay there to be closer to your parent, to save money, and to walk with them through a day in their life. Your parent will cherish the closeness and you will see first-hand what they do throughout the day.
- What kind of hobbies does your parent enjoy? If they love books, read the same book together and talk about it on the phone or over Skype. If they love playing Scrabble or some other board game, find it online and play together, you can even watch sporting events online with them.
Always Best Care Senior Services has been providing exceptional in-home care to seniors throughout the country for the past 20 years. If you would like a free consultation regarding assisted living in Lorain County, or elder care services in the Greater Cleveland area, call them at (440) 791-7177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today!