As it is also a season filled with many opportunities for fun activities, family and friends planning to visit a loved one in assisted living should come prepared.
Though jumping in a pile of leaves may not be physically possible, there is no reason that your family member couldn’t enjoy watching the grandkids do so. If you have young children and grandchildren, bring them along for the visit, and bring a rake. Find an area on the community’s property where leaves have fallen and create a small pile (allow your loved one to help if he/she is so inclined). Invite the kids to dive in.
If your loved one is able to leave the community, head to a local orchard or farmer’s market to pick or purchase apples, cider, pumpkins, gourds and other favorite fall produce. When you return to the assisted living home, enjoy a cup of hot cider together and reminisce about apple-picking, making (or eating) apple pies, carving pumpkins, and other related fall memories.
Your turn: What ideas would you add?