If your loved one can leave the nursing home for a short amount of time, a quick trip to the store and some new clothes might boost her spirits. If she/he can’t get out, maybe surprising them with a few items you think they might like, or help them with online shopping.
When someone is in a long-term care facility they often miss out on events and milestones. Framed photos or a photo book of all of their kids and grandkids may spark some good memories and make them smile. Photos are comforting and can help them not feel so lonely when they do not have visitors.
Bringing in CDs or tapes with your loved ones favorite hymns or music on them can be a great gift. It shows you’ve payed attention to what they like, and the music can be soothing and entertaining. Music has also been shown to improve depression, anxiety, and even memory and cognitive thought.
4. Just Your Time
Being alone in a nursing care away from your loved ones can be painful and lonely. Take time to go see your loved one during the summer months, even if you only bring a card. People in long-term care facilities that have regular visitors are more likely to have improved health, and less likely to develop depression.
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