As we celebrate National Assisted Living week we’d like to focus on how to keep connected with caregivers who are a part of everyday assisted living life. It’s important to be a part of your loved one’s daily life and activities.
Keep Connected with Caregivers & Loved Ones
Professional caregivers provide care for everyday tasks that your loved one may not be able to perform by themselves. These caregivers are a part of assisted living, even if your loved one remains at home as they age.
- Know The Team – There is often a “team” of people who help provide care for your loved one. It’s important to know a little bit about each person who has contact with your loved one; so take the time to meet and talk with them.
- Visits – Don’t hesitate to stop in and visit. Having an opportunity to bring lunch in for your parent or other loved one can be a special treat and allow you to visit and talk with others that they interact with regularly.
- Be Proactive – It’s important to be proactive in the care of a loved one. This can simply mean going to the doctor’s office for a visit or taking them out of the house for some interaction.
- Binder – It’s good to keep a 3 ring binder or note book of some type readily available in the same spot so daily notes and comments can be made. Keep connected with caregivers by having them enter some type of comment about how the day went, what your loved one did, or even a memory that was shared.
- Cards & Notes – Encourage your loved one to write a card or note to their caregiver every once in a while. This helps your loved one maintain skills with communication via writing and gives them a sense of social interaction, even if you leave the note on the table with the caregiver’s name on it.
- Emails & Phone Calls – Your particular provider should have set protocols when it comes to contacting them and caregivers. It’s always beneficial to have open lines of communication with the caregiving agency when it comes to knowing how your loved one is doing. Keep connected through emails and phone calls directly; don’t rely on your loved one to relay messages.
Keep Connected Socially
Social interactions are an important part of successful aging. Remember to encourage social activities that your loved one will enjoy.
- Age Appropriate Functions – Many local senior centers (such as these centers in the San Diego County area) have various. Caregivers can assist during visits to senior centers or day trips to provide safety while discreetly caring for personal needs.
- Send Mail – Surprise your loved one with special cards, short letters or pictures in the mail. Getting mail is always a pleasant, unexpected gift and takes very little time and effort as a way to keep connected.
- Photos – In today’s digital world of technology we forget that sometimes it’s nice to have an actual photo to display. Ask caregivers to keep photos out where loved ones can enjoy them daily.
- Day Trips – Sometimes simply getting away for a few hours can be like going on vacation. Those who spend most hours in their home will enjoy being connected to society with short visits to the library, out for ice cream, an animal shelter or other places of interest. Don’t be afraid to suggest these types of outings with your caregiver.
Assisted living comes in a variety of ways and utilizing professional caregivers is one of the best ways to provide assistance while maintaining independence at home. To provide the best experience while offering functional living options, be sure you keep connected with caregivers as an overall part of staying connected with your loved ones.
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