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How Often to Visit a Parent in Assisted Living

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Many people dream of providing their parents with a comfortable home where they can live life to its fullest, free of physical and emotional worries. Senior living communities can be the perfect place for seniors to stay safe, receive help when they need it, attend community functions, and lead fulfilling lives in serenity. 

Of course, as a loving family member, you want to visit your parents or relatives regularly at their assisted living residence, but how often should those visits be? 

When it comes down to it, you should use your best judgment by observing and meeting your parent’s needs. Your visits should be meaningful, happen on a regular basis, and have transportation arranged. Take your time with the moments, and cherish these memories. And if you are unable to visit, use technology like video calls to speak with your loved one. 

There are a few factors that can help you determine how frequent your visits to a parent in assisted living should be, from weekly check-ins to special anniversaries like birthdays and holidays. We understand how vital your loved one’s quality of life is, and every visit makes a difference.

Make Sure Your Visits Are Meaningful & Purposeful

Checking in on your loved ones is important, but it’s equally important to make these visits purposeful. Take the time to engage with your parent and friends they may have in the community, participate in activities, and spark conversation. Our community is bursting with life, and we encourage you to become a part of it. 

Establish a Realistic Schedule for You & Your Parent

We can’t stress how important it is to establish a schedule that works for both you and your parent. After all, regular visits can help ease the transition into assisted living and make the entire experience more seamless. That’s why we recommend taking a thoughtful approach and creating a schedule that is realistic and sustainable. 

Whether it’s stopping by for a weekly lunch or planning a monthly outing, consistency is key. Not only will this give your parent something to look forward to, but it will also help strengthen your bond and help them feel supported and cared for. 

Consider the Needs of Your Parent 

Every resident in a senior living community deserves to feel loved, supported, and cared for. That’s why we encourage family members to consider their loved one’s preferences and needs and adjust their visitation schedules accordingly.

If you’d like to visit more frequently, our team is here to help you make arrangements to ensure that your loved one’s emotional and physical needs are met. We understand that life can get busy, but taking the time to show your parent that you care can make all the difference in their quality of life.

Factor in Any Transportation Issues

Transportation can be an obstacle when it comes to visiting a loved one if you don’t have access to a car. Every family member should have the opportunity to see their loved ones, regardless of any transportation issues. 

Whether it’s carpooling with others, using public transportation, or even arranging a professional transportation service, there are always options available. You want to make your visit to your loved one’s community as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. Be sure to ask the staff about available forms of transportation. 

A senior man talking to his grand daughter via video call.

Take Advantage of Technology

It’s essential to stay connected with loved ones, especially if they have recently transitioned into a senior living community. Thankfully, technology has made it easier than ever to maintain those crucial connections. Video chat, phone calls, and email are all fantastic tools for keeping in touch with your parent. 

You can even share pictures and videos with just a few clicks, which can help you feel closer to them despite the physical distance. Whether you’re checking in to make sure they’re doing okay or just craving a chat with your mom or dad, technology is here to make it happen. 

Prioritize Quality Time Together

For many, family is everything. We strive to create a welcoming environment where residents can enjoy quality time with their loved ones. That’s why we encourage everyone who visits our community to make it a priority to set aside quality time together. 

Whether it’s playing a game of cards, going for a stroll around our beautiful grounds, or simply sharing a meal, these moments are precious. They are an opportunity to connect, reminisce, and make new memories that will last a lifetime. 

Use Your Judgment

The next time you come to visit your loved one at Fox Trail Memory Care at South River, be sure to take the time to create these special moments, knowing it will be time well spent. 

If you’re wondering whether you’re visiting your loved one as often as you should, speak with one of our team members. We can give you advice and recommendations particular to your parents’ needs. Contact us today and schedule a visit. 

Ryan Donahue

Written by Ryan Donahue, Regional Vice President

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