The holiday season is a time when many families travel home to spend time with loved ones. For some, it is one of the few in-person visits they make all year. And it isn’t uncommon for adult children to be surprised at the changes they find in their aging parents.
Even those adult children who frequently talk with their loved one by phone are sometimes caught off guard. This can be because older family members aren’t completely open and honest about how well they are—or aren’t—managing on their own.
Discovering a loved one is really struggling can create a rushed timeline to begin the search for assisted living.
If you are reluctant to tour assisted living communities on a loved one’s behalf when you’re home for the holidays, know that it’s a wonderful time to explore these communities.
Holiday Visits to Assisted Living Communities
Here are just a few reasons to visit assisted living communities during the holidays:
- Family can participate: Because more family members are typically in town during the holidays, it is a good time for siblings to talk with one another and a parent about the future. Visiting senior living communities in person is one of the most important ways to make sure you are making an informed decision.
- Festivities abound: While senior living communities always have a multitude of events and activities taking place, there is no time of year when that is truer than the holiday season. School choirs conduct concerts and singalongs, church youth groups host game nights and parties, and a festive spirit is evident throughout.
- Open house events: Because assisted living communities know family members will be in town over the holidays, they make an extra effort to host open houses during the season. These events give seniors and their loved ones an opportunity to visit and take part in the fun without feeling pressured to make a quick decision about moving.
- Beat the January rush: The month of January is one of the busiest of the year for most senior living organizations. By visiting communities in December you get a head start and you beat the rush. The staff will likely have more time to spend answering your questions.
Contact Sunrise to Schedule Your Visit
Contact us today to schedule your family’s private tour of a Sunrise community near you or to request an event calendar to see what programs and activities are available that you might like to join. Our door is always open!
Source: Sunrise Senior Living