Many caregivers are looking after a loved one within a care facility such as a hospital or retirement residence. Here are some tips and tricks to help them feel more comfortable within their new transition:
1. Bring a memory book
Nothing sparks a great conversation better than bringing in photos and keepsakes of fond memories. Asking for details on a particular picture will help you become a better storyteller as well. Was there a recent event that your loved one could not attend? Bring pictures to share with your loved one and leave extra copies behind so that they can tell their peers about your visit later on.
2. Telephone an out-of-touch relative or friend.
Is there someone your loved one hasn’t spoken to in a while? Arrange for your loved one to connect with them through your cell phone while you are there. What a great treat that would be!
3. Go on a walk
Visit with your loved one through the free tea in the lobby or visit the community fish tank in the residence it gets them out of their rooms and socializing.
4. Attend a event activity with them
Check the homes event calender online and take them to the event so they can have a friend to go with, show them its fun to get out and about and pin point the next calender event they can attend in line with an interest they have.
5. Read a book together
Some seniors enjoy having books read to them by their bedside or bring along the newspaper or artwork the grandchildren & stories the kids wrote for them.
All in all make your visit a happy one, reassuring all will be ok in the months to come with you and your families support.
Hello! As a caregiver, mother and social service worker I have learned many life lessons through hands on experience. My dream for you is to make your journey through caregiving a cherished one.