Communication and connection between one another are basic human instincts that everyone craves. Your relationship with your parents is no different – you cherish your conversations with them and the time you’re able to spend with them. But as your parents age and make the transition into senior living, will that impact your ability to stay close with them? While moving to a senior living community is a change for everyone involved, it doesn’t mean you can’t maintain and strengthen your connection with your parents This is especially true when your parents move to Fellowship Senior Living, where we are dedicated to helping seniors thrive and stay connected to their families and friends.
How to Stay Connected with Your Parents in Senior Living
Wondering how to stay connected with your parents in senior living? Here are a few easy ways for you to continue engaging with them when they move into senior living:
1. Phone Calls: Picking up the phone and calling your loved one is still one of the most simplistic forms of communication. Even if your parents don’t have a cellphone, you can obtain the number of their senior living community and easily exchange calls with them. A simple phone call on a regular basis can make you feel more connected to them.
2. Video Calls: With today’s technology, there are so many great video calling applications available. If video calls are an option for your parents, help them to download these programs so you both can easily call each other. Some great options include Skype, WhatsApp and Facetime. Skype is a free app that can be downloaded on any laptop, mobile device or desktop. WhatsApp is a free app that allows users to stay in touch with friends and family via phone calls, text messages and video calls. Facetime is also free, but only available to iPhone users and is available on Apple products only.
3. Social Media Use: There are many different social media platforms to help you and your parents connect. You can invite them to join platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. Both apps allow you to share and see photos and videos. Facebook also offers more connection tools like its own messenger app, which allows for quicker instant messaging.