Holidays are the perfect opportunity to spend time together as a family, and this means visiting loved ones in senior living communities is even more important as the year comes to an end.
These visits are really important to residents’ well-being, but sometimes people are intimidated because they don’t know how to communicate with someone who is in memory care. We’ve put together a list of helpful tips that will help you navigate these visits and make it easier for everyone to spend some quality time together.
- Visit regularly – Set realistic expectations of how often you will visit, and then stick to it. Unexpected situations will come up, and that’s OK. Just be sure to communicate this to your loved one and their care provider.
- Be positive – Being warm and affectionate during your visits is important to your loved one’s mental well-being. Research shows that loneliness is a major health problem, and these visits can really help brighten your loved one’s day.
- Put together a visit bag – Fill this bag with photos, videos, news stories he or she might be interested in, etc. Is there a celebrity he or she really likes keeping up with, is he or she a huge sports fan? Bring newspaper clippings or fun facts about it! Everyone loves thoughtful details like these.
- Take a walk – If it’s nice out and your loved one is able to, go for a walk together! Going on a walk is a great way to keep the body and mind active. Just moving out of the room and getting a fresh change of scenery can be a huge mood booster.
- Don’t be intimidated by Alzheimer’s or dementia – Remember that patience is key, even if you have to repeat things from time to time. Find out what brings out the best mood with your loved one – a certain genre of music, photos, a specific room, and repeat it every visit.
Remember that these visits can provide wonderful opportunities for you and your loved one to bond, learn from each other and even make new memories.
If you think your loved one might be ready to transition into memory care, we’re here to help guide you through this process. With ISL’s Generations Memory Care program, our goal is to ease this transition and provide the best-quality care specialized to meet each of our residents’ needs.
Visit our communities page to find the location closest to you, and give us a call to learn more about our Generations Memory Care program.
The holiday season is that wonderful time of year when we get to spend time with our families, travel, and create memories with friends and loved ones.
While it is easy to get lost in the fun, the holidays can also mean big meals with tons of calories. Large meals coupled with weather that can lessen the desire to get outside and be active can lead to a period of unhealthiness for many. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the holidays without compromising your health.
- Don’t overeat – This one sounds simple, but people tend to eat way more than they normally do during holiday meals. Using a smaller plate, filling your plate with vegetables and salad, and waiting at least 10 minutes before going back for seconds to see if you’re actually hungry can all help prevent overeating.
- Don’t skip meals – Many of us skip eating during the day as a way to prepare for a big holiday meal. While these people believe they are smartly making room for a lot of food, in reality they are encouraging themselves to overeat. It is especially important to have breakfast, as research shows that people who eat breakfast tend to consume fewer calories throughout the day. Eating fiber-rich foods that are high in volume and will satisfy hunger, but won’t overload you with calories.
- Get some physical activity – Just had a big, satisfying meal? This is a perfect time to go for a walk or do something else active you enjoy doing. Physical activity is a great way to offset a higher calorie intake, or a slice (or two!) of pie.
At ISL communities, our Elevate culinary program creates meaningful connections through cuisine, transforming the dining experience into a celebration that inspires the engagement of our residents, families and friends. It all starts with making sure we are preparing the healthiest, most nourishing food possible.
As our mission implies, we don’t want to merely put food in front of our residents, but connect with them in impactful ways through cuisine.
Elevate addresses not only our residents’ palates, but their desire for purpose, recognition of a lifetime of memories, lifelong growth and learning opportunities, and occasions to showcase their individuality through their own culinary signature items.
To learn more about our Elevate culinary program and everything else ISL communities have to offer, please give us a call or come take a tour. You may also visit our Communities page to find the community closest to you.
We hope everyone has a safe and healthy holiday season – just make sure you are more focused on spreading joy than you are spreading butter!