Visiting a loved one in assisted living can be an emotionally painful experience for many different reasons. Sometimes, family members visit based on guilt, whether it’s guilt about the transition to assisted living and how it came about, or simply because they feel an obligation to go.
With snow, ice and frigid temperatures in the forecast, visiting may become even more of a challenge for some friends and relatives. However, that does not mean you should “take the winter off” and delay visits until the spring. Though activities like taking a walk, birdwatching on the patio, or gardening outdoors become nearly impossible in the winter, you can still walk the halls of the community, birdwatch from inside your loved one’s apartment, or cultivate a window garden indoors. Also, your visit — even if it’s just a simple afternoon chat over a cup of cocoa — may be the desperately needed bright spot in your loved one’s day or week.
Most assisted living communities offer opportunities for engagement year-round. If you’re out of ideas on what to do when you stop by, perhaps participating in an activity together will make your visit more meaningful and enjoyable. Doing so may even encourage your loved one to get involved in more programs on a regular basis, when you’re not there.
Read 10 Things to Do During An Assisted Living Visit for more ideas.