Remember, This Affects Them, Too
With back-to-school season on the horizon, it’s easy to get caught-up in the whirlwind of buying supplies and school clothes, nailing down class schedules, and registering for fall sports – among the dozens of other tasks parents and kids will be managing over the coming weeks. But as the summer comes to a close and the school year comes into focus, it’s important to be mindful of how the changing season can impact your aging loved ones.
Here a few things to keep in mind to help the older adults in your life through the annual back-to-school frenzy.
As Summer Ends, So Do Visits
As kids return to school at the end of summer, senior family members may be losing their regular visitors and household helpers. If yours or the neighborhood kids have been helping with chores, like yardwork and housekeeping, your loved one may be left feeling overwhelmed without the extra help. Compounded by fewer daytime visits, they may begin to feel neglected or forgotten by the people they love most. Make sure their needs are covered by checking in regularly and being easily reachable in the event they should need you.
Think About Their Home Situation
If your loved one is a member of a vibrant senior living community, like the ones from Senior Living Management, they can always count on the everyday assistance and companionship of our residents and caring staff. If they live alone in their family home, they will still need the help they received over the summer to continue on even when classes start. Now, this doesn't mean you should feel badly if ongoing assistance is not something the family can provide. Just contact the Senior Living Management community nearest you for more information on how we can help make every day in your loved one’s life better and brighter.
Make Time for Them
Whether your loved one is in their own home or a member of a senior living community, they’ll always benefit from time with their family. Regular visits and phones calls are always a great boost for elderly family members, so be sure to make time for visits even when you’re busy. Consider stopping by with a snack from their favorite restaurant or a framed photo from a recent visit – family pictures are always fun, especially when they include the senior themselves. It’s just another way to remind them they are an important, beloved member of your family.
If back-to-school time has you worrying about an aging loved one, contact Senior Living Management to discuss your options for improving their life with a robust community atmosphere, amenities, and compassionate care from the professionals at SLM.