Family, Friends and Fun: Retirement Communities Provide All Three and More
When you are looking for the right retirement community for your senior, fun social gatherings may not be at the top of your list of factors to consider. However, most established senior care facilities are great places for celebrating family, friends, and fun. Retirement communities are designed around a sense of community and gathering with friends and family is an integral part of this.
Celebrations for holidays, birthdays, and other festive events are a way to enhance your senior’s enjoyment – and the enjoyment of other seniors in the vicinity. It’s also an excellent way to ensure that the bond between seniors and the youngest members of the family aren’t broken when the senior moves into a retirement community.
At Adult Care Advisors, we recommend celebrating various occasions with the seniors in your life and even carrying that celebration into their retirement community. Here are a few recommendations for making events festive for your loved ones when you are gathering at the retirement community:
- Play music. Music is excellent for relaxing tension and promoting a festive feel.
- Bring photos. Sharing photographs is a great way to stir memories and one of the most important things your senior can give to the family is their stories.
- Connect with others. Ideally you and your senior will have made contact with others on the staff, in residence, and their families. If not, this celebration is a great way to welcome others and help your senior bridge the gap between their retirement community life and their family.
- Avoid over-stimulation. Be careful not to overdo it though, especially if your senior is suffering from dementia. Too much commotion is hard on the elderly, so tone things down and be alert in case you need to assist someone to a quiet area for a break.
Adult Care Advisors, understands how important it is to find the right retirement community for your senior; and every senior is different. It’s important to find a retirement community that the senior can embrace and enjoy. Help connect your senior with those within the retirement community while keeping the bonds of family strong. Holding celebrations in the retirement community is a great way to accomplish both goals.
Get in touch with our team of senior care experts today for more tips and advice on how to make your senior’s life in a New Jersey retirement community enjoyable.