Monday, January 28, 2013

Are you concerned your parent will be lonely or bored in as Assisted Living Facility?

By Bob Gregory

If you are considering moving your elderly parent into an Assisted Living Facility and you are worried that they will be lonely and bored, don’t. Most Assisted Living Facilities have daily activities that appeal to everyone and are scheduled so residents that want to participate will be able to attend, seven days a week. Activities are usually scheduled beginning mid-morning after all residents have finished breakfast. Most activities finish before dinner, but some special activities are scheduled in the evening.

The following are examples of the types of activities offered:

  • Trips to department stores such as Target or WalMart
  • Board games
  • Movies
    Laughter Yoga
    Laughter Yoga (Photo credit: The Pointe at Kilpatrick)
  • Bingo
  • Puzzles
  • Fitness  or Yoga classes
  • Musical performances
  • Art and Crafts classes
  • Bible Study
  • Worship Services
  • Wine and Cheese parties
  • Manicures and Pedicures
  • Men’s and Women’s Clubs
  • Guest Speakers
    Resident Appreciation
    Resident Appreciation (Photo credit: The Pointe at Kilpatrick)
  • Book Clubs
  • Morning Coffee and Afternoon Tea Parties
  • Costume Parties and Dances
  • Video Games

These are just a sample of activities your parent would enjoy in an Assisted Living Facility. These facilities usually have resident committees that plan activities, so encourage your parent to become involved in their facility. If your parent has a special talent, ask them to share their talent with other residents. My Uncle was a pianist and played for the residents in his Assisted Living Community well into his 90s. He was able to fulfill his need to perform and the residents loved to hear him play.

Also, some Assisted Living Facilities have a full time Activity Director to assure their residents have quality activities and functions.  Be sure and ask if the facility you are considering has an Activity Director and if not, ask who is responsible for the activities.  For more information on the importance of an Activity Director, please read my post “How important is the Activities Director at an ALF?” ( )

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Bob Gregory is an advocate for Seniors and is one of the founders of At, we are dedicated to helping families get the Elder Care help they need without having to provide their personal information! If find you need an assisted living facility or other type of senior facility, please consider

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1 comment:

  1. Don't be worried about you parent/s I think if you have them at retirement communities long island they will be attended more than you could because of your busy life. They won't be lonely as long as you always visit them.