How To Get Involved At A Loved One's Senior Living Community
Moving into to a senior living community can bring up many questions for seniors and their loved ones. Will they like living at their new community? How long will it take them to settle in and feel comfortable? What is the role of family members as they start this new chapter?
Stay Connected and Enjoy Time With Your Loved One
An Uplifting, Welcoming Community
First and foremost, you and your loved one should know that the family members of residents are considered an essential part of Park Creek. Everyone at our community welcomes the opportunity to get to know the families of residents and they are welcome to visit any time. Here are a few ways to get involved:
- Help staff members get to know your loved one. As a family member, you can encourage your loved one to share about their background, family history, interests and preferences. This may help them notice changes in their health and well-being if any occur.
- Take time to visit with staff members and caregivers. Spending time with your loved one is certainly going to be your priority, but you’ll both enjoy learning about the people around them at their new community. You’ll likely find things in common as you get acquainted with staff members and learning about their own families, hobbies and aspirations.
- Get involved at the community. Senior living communities are typically very open to family involvement and Park Creek is no exception. There is always something happening at our active retirement community, and if you’re able to join us for events, you’ll meet even more of your loved one’s neighbors and staff members. Be sure to keep up with community communications and suggest that your loved one gets involved themselves.
- Plan ahead for special occasions. Besides participating in community-hosted events, you can also plan your own events for or with your loved one. Arrange to bring in treats for their birthday or anniversary as an opportunity to interact with other residents and staff members. You may also be able reserve a private dining room or gathering space for a special meal or party.
- Schedule regular visits and communication. The most important part of getting involved at your loved one’s community is staying in close contact with them. Your support will help them feel connected and cared for as they embark on this new chapter. Even for family members who are long distance, it’s still possible to get involved – and at Park Creek, we’re always willing to help bridge the distance in any way we can.