Boredom busters are the way to go
Visitors should come prepared for the visit. Plan an activity with your loved one while you are visiting with them. Bring a pet to visit with them, grab some playing cards or games they enjoy or bring some old photos to go through with them. Being prepared to bust boredom helps promote connection and some fun between you and your loved one.
Tips for deeper connection
Connecting with your loved one doesn’t end with a dementia diagnosis. There are plenty of ways to continue nurturing your relationship together. While the process may feel differently than it used to, here are some ways you can continue to have a solid connection with your senior loved one:
Alleviate long-distance guilt
Many times families feel guilty when they don’t bring their loved one home for the holidays or take them out of the community during the winter months. The truth is, bringing a loved one living with dementia home for the holidays, or out in the greater community, could result in behaviors due to increasing their stress and anxiety. The resident sees the community as their home where they feel safe and comfortable. Families should plan individual or small group visitations at the community instead. Plan an activity during the visit such as bringing in your loved one’s favorite meal or plan to cook/bake at the community.