How to Visit in Assisted Living (and Enjoy Yourself)

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 28 February 2013

Get tips for making your visits meaningful in assisted living, even when difficult emotions and family dynamics get in the way.Feeling guilty about Mom being in assisted living? Hate seeing Dad in the assisted living apartment instead of his home, where you know he wants to be? Angry at your siblings for pushing a move when you know your parents didn’t want it? Family dynamics like these are not uncommon, and whether they realize it or not, these underlying issues may be the reason some choose not to visit their loved one in assisted living.

If they do visit, many resort to small talk — how was lunch? did you play Bingo yesterday? are you sleeping well? — to avoid the emotional land mines. Simple yes or no answers, no discussion. It’s not long before the proverbial crickets start chirping.

There’s a much better way to pass the time, especially when it’s with a person you care deeply about. You can enjoy meaningful visits with your friend or relative in assisted living. Consult these blog posts for tips:



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