Three Ways to Encourage More Activities at Assisted Living
Senior Housing in Shavano Park TX
It was 10 weeks ago when your mother moved into that assisted living facility for the first time. It may have taken you some effort in convincing her to at least consider this option, and when she finally agreed you felt a great weight lifted off of your shoulders.
You knew the beginning of this transition was going to be difficult. She was resistant to the idea of moving, but the more you explained about the various benefits, all of the activities, and the great staff members at these communities, the more she realized this was something to consider.
Yet, during the first weeks, your mother hasn’t exactly been the most outgoing person. She has pretty much stayed to herself, stayed in the room, and had food delivered, rather than going down to the dining facilities to eat.
Staying active is beneficial for many reasons. Here are three ways you could possibly encourage your elderly mother to become more active, partake in various activities, and meet new people and make new friends.
1. Find out what activities take place there.
Every assisted living community is different and they all offer a variety of activities for seniors. Find out what activities take place, what day they take place, how many people are involved in each of those activities, and then you can talk to your mother about the things that you know she would be most interested in.
It’s easy to stay in one’s own room when they first move in because it feels more comfortable. Going out and exploring a new environment can be nerve-racking for some, but when your mother knows about certain activities at certain times, it can certainly help.
2. Speak to the staff members at the facility.
Staff members are highly experienced in providing the right type of support systems for elderly residents. If they know about your concerns, they may be able to be more proactive in encouraging your mother to get involved in some of the activities.
3. Have dinner with her at the facility.
Getting your mother out of her room, giving you a tour of the facility, and then having dinner at the restaurant on the grounds can be a great way to help her meet others and begin to feel a bit more comfortable in that particular environment.
The more active a person is, especially as they get older, the better it’s going to be for their emotional, mental, and physical health and well-being.
For more information about Pipestone Place Assisted Living in San Antonio, TX or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.
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