There are many ways your loved one can socialise while in assisted living, which is one of the advantages of communal living. With so many social opportunities available it can help them avoid the feeling of loneliness and, encourage them to take advantage of these activities to help stay socially connected with the people around them.
However, when you are placed in a new environment it is not always easy to socialise with new people. Your loved one may feel too intimidated to even start a conversation. Here are five tips on how to encourage them to stay socially connected.
Find out what the daily activities are and see what ones might be of interest. If they are feeling discouraged just let the person in charge of the activity know that your loved one might need a little extra encouragement to join in.
Talking to new people on your own can be daunting, it could be comforting to your loved one if you join in on a meal or activity with them. You are able to meet everyone and help start up conversations.
Check the activity calendar to see when there is a game night planned and encourage your loved one to join in. Puzzles, playing cards and board games are often left out on tables in the recreation room, encourage them to try them out and maybe invite someone over to help.
Check the activity calendar to see if there are any excursions happening soon. Motivate your loved one to join and if you’re able to, go along with them to ease any nerves.
If you live far away from them, their isolation and feeling of loneliness can be relieved with technology. Technology is able to connect your loved one socially with their family and friends who don’t live close. They can see photos posted and chat through text or FaceTime.
With your continuous encouragement your loved one will soon want to participate in community activities and build relationships with other residents and staff.