As people get older, they sometimes need help from others to take care of them. It is likely that this may happen to our grandparents. Sometimes your Mom and Dad don’t have the time to give them the care that they need because of work or other family duties. When this happens, older people move to a place called an assisted living facility. These places are meant to help grandparents from all over the country feel safe and taken care of. If you visit an assisted living development, it is a nice quiet place where older people live, eat, and spend time with others. Nurses are usually there, too, so they can help to feed and take care of the residents.
There are three basic types of assisted living facilities that usually depend on what the grandparent needs in order to be healthy and happy. The first type is the most laid-back, where residents can move around on their own, eat on their own, and need just a little bit of medical care from time to time. The next type of assisted living facility requires staff to be there all day and night, and be available if the person is prone to sickness and needs to be taken to a hospital. The people who live in this type of facility might need some help moving around and nighttime help as well. The third type of facility is for older people who cannot move about on their own, need close medical supervision, and might need to be monitored around the clock.
Most older folks live in these types of places because they have become sick or just need a little bit of extra help getting around. Nurses are there to help make sure that they are properly taken care of, and that they are being monitored for their health each day. Sometimes, older people just need a helping hand to make sure they are eating properly and taking their medication in order to stay healthy. If you have grandparents in a place like this, regular visits are a great way to cheer them up and let them know you love them and are thinking about them. You visits can really brighten their day!
If you decide to visit your grandparent living in an assisted living facility, there are several things you can take with you. Homemade gifts and pictures are wonderful ways to make them smile, and it gives them something to show their friends. Bring a fun card game or other type of game so you can have fun together. You can even ask your teacher if your school class can come and visit, and you can perform a song or other visitation so all the residents can be entertained. No matter what you choose to bring or do, regular visits are a great way to tell your grandparents that you love them.
Things You Can Do – Here’s some helpful tips for things you can do or bring for older people living in assisted living.
Types of Assisted Living – You can learn more about the different levels or types of assisted living here.
Activities Handbook – Here are lots of fun and simple activities kids can participate in with their grandparents.
Bonding with Grandparents – This site has some more ways you can bond and stay close with your grandparents.
Family History Activities – Some great tips and pointers for kids and parents to help make memories and document their family history with grandparents’ help.
Spring Science Walk – Here is something you can do with your grandparent during the spring and learn about science as well!
Incorporating Children – This site has information on how kids can be integrated and involved in visiting assisted living facilities.
You Can Help Seniors – Here are some fun things you can do to help out seniors living alone or in assisted living facilities.
Homespun Fun – If you need more ideas on what to bring to the assisted living facility, here are some good suggestions.
Seniors For Kids – This organization is dedicated to integrating kids and seniors and offers some great ideas for your next assisted living visit with the grandparents.