While residents in an assisted living facility have a dedicated staff overseeing their meals, social activities, and overall care, nothing matches the company of their own family. Many receive and look forward to regular visits from children and grandchildren. Here’s how to make the most of every visit with grandchildren.
Before the Visit Begins
Once grandchildren have visited an assisted living facility regularly, they become accustomed to spending time with their grandparents in a shared living space. But before their first visit, parents should prepare young children for what to expect. Parents should explain that their grandparents are living in a facility where trained dining and nutrition experts, caretakers, and other staff members make sure that they and other residents stay healthy and happy. They should also make it clear that their grandparents are excited to see them, but they may become tired or unwell during the visit.
During the Visit
The best way to get the most out of a visit is to find engaging activities that children and grandparents can do together. Many families choose to bring simple crafts they can create together and grandparents can keep after the visit is over. Playing card games or practicing nursery rhymes is also a great way to make memories and strengthen family ties, depending on the children’s age.
Grandparents can bond with their grandchildren by sharing stories about their lives and what the world was like when they were growing up. Similarly, kids should be encouraged to keep grandparents up to date with their lives, activities, and interests.
Why Visits Matter
In general, what grandchildren do during their visits doesn’t matter as much as how often they see their grandparents. Visiting regularly is a terrific way to boost grandparents’ moods and make sure they feel connected with their family. It also gives children an important insight into their family’s history.
Many families find assisted living facilities to be a healthy and comfortable way to ensure that their loved ones are cared for as they advance in age. The Heritage at Framingham is a non-profit organization that is managed by directors who are volunteers that live in the Framingham area. If you have any questions about how our facility can assist your family, give us a call at 508.788.6050 or fill out our form. Read testimonials from residents’ families to learn about our dedicated care services.