Assisted living is not always the first choice for some seniors, so you may have to encourage an older parent, friend or relative to embrace their new living situation.
Here are a few ways to change their perspective and help them enjoy life in assisted living:
- Besides participating in community-sponsored activities, assisted living offers rich social engagement opportunities, and many seniors who had previously led a more isolated life often find themselves thriving on account of these new friendships.
- Though some prefer to do their own cooking and cleaning and see this shift as a loss of independence and control, accepting the change means more free time to pursue other hobbies and to enjoy the company of friends without the pressures and duties of hosting. It also means you might try — and like — a meal that you normally wouldn’t think of preparing.
- Many communities also provide options for residents who wish to continue volunteering, whether outside the community itself or within. In-house opportunities include serving on a resident council or committee, visiting residents who have little to no family in the area, or perhaps assisting residents with dementia at meals or during activities.
Read blogs in our “Things to Do in Assisted Living” category for more inspiration.