With the arrival of spring, it’s the perfect time to enjoy outdoor family activities. However, for aging loved ones, it can be increasingly difficult to experience the extent of the fun. To help your family members in assisted living, Choice Health Management Services offers these easy tips for bringing the new season’s merriment inside.
Create a Sensory Basket
If your loved ones are not able to go outside, bring it to them with a sensory basket! By including different types of their favorite flowers, pinecones, and leaves into a fun basket, they can experience the sights and fragrances of spring without additional stress. To personalize the experience, include individual touches. For example, if your family member was a farmer, adding soybeans, corn, or soil can make them feel connected to their passion and serve as a reminder of the joys of nature.
Help Them Assemble Vases
When your family comes to visit your loved ones, try doing spring activities with them like creating vases of flowers. By letting them decorate their own vase and picking some of the flowers you brought along, they can make themselves a beautiful bouquet. Since this is a family-friendly activity, it is the perfect opportunity to include the grandkids. Not only can they help, but together your family can even make bouquets for other residents to help bring a little spring to their doorstep.
Optimize Their View
If your family member has a window in their room, place a bird feeder or bath outside of it to brighten the atmosphere. Additionally, placing potted plants outdoors or on their windowsill can help get them into the seasonal mood. If looking out the window isn’t an option, placing nature scene posters on their walls can transform their room into a spring oasis.
Take Them for a Walk
Fresh air is the best way to experience this time of year with your aging loved ones. Sitting on a bench, people watching, or feeding geese are the perfect way to connect with your family member. While on your walk, pick some flowers to bring back to their room so they can take a piece of their excursion with them.
Spring offers a wonderful time for creating treasured memories with your family and friends. Although it may come with obstacles, experiencing the outdoors together can help you reconnect. If you have questions about how you can make the most of the season for your assisted living loved ones, contact the team at Choice Health Management today.