5 Suggestions to Make an Assisted Living Facility Feel Homier
One of the reasons that our residents (and their families) love The Sarah House is that it doesn’t feel like a standard assisted living facility. We have four different locations in Ormond Beach, Florida, and each one is in a beautiful, comfortable residence that feels like an upscale home. However, many of our residences still enjoy putting their own homey touches on their rooms, and we welcome this whole-heartedly. So, if you’re looking for a few ideas on how to make your loved one’s room feel a little homier, here are some suggestions.
Photographs are largely the most popular way to make any space feel homier. After all, nothing makes a room feel closer to home quite like seeing the smiling faces of those you love all around you. So be sure your loved one has plenty of family photos to place in their bedroom when they arrive. They can hang them on walls or place them on nightstands to help themselves feel a little bit more at home.
Though The Sarah House provides everything your loved one needs to live comfortably here, some of our residents prefer bringing their own bedding along with them. This may be a favorite quilt that they made before their wedding, or an afghan passed down from their mother. You are welcome to bring these along. Having familiar bedding in their bedroom can help many residents to adjust to their new accommodations when they first make the move to one of our assisted living facilities.
While your loved one can’t bring everything from home with them, it’s perfectly acceptable for them to bring a few important keepsakes along when they move into The Sarah House. These should be smaller items, like a few favorite books or photo albums, small heirlooms, and other items with sentimental value. Please help your loved one to sort through their possessions and determine which items might be appropriate to bring with them to their new home. If your loved one has a shared room, please be considerate of the other person who will be sharing the room, and ensure that they too have enough space for their keepsakes.
Of course, a home is not made by the things that we keep in it. A home is a place where we are surrounded by the people we care about. So, encourage your loved one to engage with the other community members at their facility. As they form strong relationships with those around them, The Sarah House will naturally begin to feel more like home. Our caring staff always does their best to encourage every resident to create these genuine relationships; however, the encouragement of their family members is often needed to help them take those first steps.
Moving from their long-time homes and into an assisted living community is difficult for all of our residents, even if they know the change is for the best. So, do all you can to be there for them. Be present throughout the move. Help them to sort through their possessions and decide what to bring, and offer support and encouragement as they prepare to make this change. Help them to get settled in on that first day, and spend as much time as you can at the location with them, so you can both get familiar with the facility and its grounds.
After your loved one is settled in, visit often, especially during the first few weeks. Encourage other family members to do the same, if possible. Seeing familiar faces on a regular basis can really help to smooth the transition and make an unfamiliar place feel homier.
And remember, every time you visit, keep a positive attitude. Focus on discussing all of the positive aspects of their new home, and the things that they are enjoying about living there. If your loved one needs to discuss some of their negative emotions or difficulties they are having with the adjustment, allow them to do so. But always do your best to bring things back to the positive aspects of their experience here.
If you’re concerned about your loved one’s ability to adjust comfortably to living at The Sarah House, we encourage you to speak to our staff members. It is our greatest desire that every feel right at home resident in our Ormond Beach, Florida, assisted living facilities. We will work with you and do everything we can to ensure that your loved one feels safe, comfortable, and cared for here at The Sarah House.
4 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Loved One at The Sarah House
Here at The Sarah House, we love to celebrate holidays with our residents. And while we make every effort to provide special activities and events to make these holidays special, often, there is only one thing our residents want on any holiday—you. So, while it may not be what many people consider a “major” holiday, we strongly recommend that family members make every effort to celebrate Valentine’s Day with their loved ones in our assisted living facilities. Here are a few suggestions on how to do this.
Take Them to Dinner
A special evening out with loved ones would be a beautiful way to make Valentine’s Day special for your family member. Valentine’s Day can be difficult for some of the members of our assisted living communities, since many of them have lost a spouse that they would have celebrated this day with in the past. Taking them out to a special dinner will remind them of those happy times, and help them to know that they are still deeply loved.
Most of our residents are allowed to leave the facility at any time with their family members. However, we ask that you please contact us in advance so that we can ensure proper arrangements are made for your special night with your loved one.
Visit Them Here
We love having our residents’ family members come and visit us at The Sarah House. Whether your loved one isn’t feeling up to leaving the facility for a night out, or your aren’t able to fit a full evening of events into your busy schedule, visiting them here is still a wonderful to help make Valentine’s Day special for them. You can play some of our board games together, watch a movie, enjoy a walk outside, or just sit in their room and talk for a while. The most important thing is to just spend time together.
Again, please ask about the best time to stop by to visit our residents, so we can make appropriate arrangements for you. This is especially important if many family members will be visiting at once.
Send or Bring Gifts and Cards
If you are coming to visit or to take them to dinner, consider bringing a card, flowers, or some kind of small gift. After all, it is Valentine’s Day! So, help your loved one to feel truly special and let you know you were thinking of them. You can also bring cards and homemade gifts from your children; our residents love to hang artwork and handwritten notes from their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
If you are unable to come to The Sarah House personally, consider sending a gift to your loved one to let them know that you were thinking of them. Our staff members will take special care to ensure your loved one receives those special gifts and letters to brighten their day.
Be sure to contact us before sending flowers or candy. We want to ensure that any potential allergies or special dietary needs among our residents are handled appropriately.
Give Them a Call
Even if you can’t come by on Valentine’s Day, just hearing your voice on this special day will certainly bring a smile to your loved one’s face. After all, Valentine’s Day is the day that we make a special effort to show the people we care about just how much we love them. So, calling just to say, “I love you” is a wonderful way to celebrate this holiday, even if you can’t be here in person.
Let Us Help
Knowing exactly how to celebrate a day like Valentine’s Day with your loved one in assisted living can be difficult. You might be unsure exactly what kinds of activities they are up for, how much energy they’ll have, and how long they can be away from the assisted living home. Please, feel free to reach out to the caring staff at The Sarah House with any questions you may have regarding celebrating Valentine’s Day with your loved one.
We can answer all of your questions, and even offer you some suggestions of places to take them if you want to take them out for a special evening. We want Valentine’s Day to be a special holiday, filled with love and heartwarming memories, for each of our residents. So, contact us today, and let us help make Valentine’s Day truly special for your loved one—by making you a part of it.