If your father or mother is in the assisted living facility, visiting them is so important. Imagine how your parent devoted himself or herself for so many years whilst you were growing up, and now is the best time to return the favor.
However, if you are in awe of what are the best thing to do when visiting your parents or loved one in the assisted living facility, consider the following tips.
- Regular visit is a must and be consistent. It is best to set realistic and rational expectations while visiting your loved one parent and commit. And in worst cases like uncontrollable scheduling issues arise you must be in touch directly with your loved one and always maintain honesty. In rescheduling let them know as well as confirm the schedule with the assigned care providers.
- When visiting always consider a reasonable length of stay. An hour of dedicated and quality time interacting with your parent is already a healthy length of time.
- Prior to your visit always plan how to utilize the time and how you intend to make use of the time with your parent or loved one. You can bring stuff like photos, this is something you could share and discuss. Also, it is good if you take time to listen to your parent or loved one question and always provide them the opportunities to talk and share their life stories as well as experiences.
- During our visit remain positive. While communicating with your loved it is important that you maintain positiveness in whatever you share as well as whatever they share with you should be positive. This is significant to their wellbeing.
- Be patient and be understanding. Imagine how patient your parent was when you were little. Understand your parent’s situation, place yourself in their shoes have compassion that human as we are all of us will experience aging.
- It is a good thing that you share your thoughts. Your parent will definitely appreciate if you tell them what you have in mind. Surely, they think about you and they care about you. Open your heart to them, because their life stories and experiences may give you direction in making your own decisions in life.
- If your loved one is able physically walk with them especially when the weather permits. Taking walks with your parent or loved one during your visit will not just allow you to have a good and natural conversation but is also beneficial, walking is in fact goof for the mind and the body. A walk gives you the opportunity to get some exercise with your parent or your loved one and that little time gives you both an enjoyable moment that is very valuable.
- Commitment is a must. Be present, upon your visit with your parent make a commitment that you’ll have an uninterrupted quality time. Keep your phone in silent mode and as much as possible if not necessary do not respond to text and calls.
- Above all love them, make them feel you love them and always tell your parent I love you.