Retirement can be a lonely time for your loved ones when they suddenly have so much free time on their hands. This is especially the case when their family members are busy with work or school and do not have much time for them. Other than having lots of free time on their hands, financial difficulties and physical ailments such as limited mobility can make life for your loved one difficult, frustrating, and lonely. How do you make your lonely loved one happy? Here are some ways to boost your loved one’s mood and show them that you care.
Have a Meal Together
Mealtimes are one of the loneliest aspects of a retired individual’s life, especially if they are living alone. Sharing a meal with your loved one will be great for making your loved one less lonely. Try to dedicate specific dates and times for meals with your loved ones so they have something to look forward to. Sharing a meal is a great way to catch up and ensure that your loved one is getting the nutrients they need to maintain their health. Many retired individuals opt for junk food or skip meals as cooking for one can be a hassle, so try to look out for your loved one’s nutritional needs.
Get a Pet
A furry friend might just be what your loved one needs to brighten their spirits. Taking care of a pet will give your loved ones a sense of purpose and liven up their days. However, make sure to keep your loved ones’ living space, health, and abilities before you choose a pet for them. For example, a dog will require a lot of maintenance and will be great for active people who are able to walk them every day. If your loved one has mobility issues, however, low-maintenance pets, such as fish, might be a better choice.
Bridge the Distance with Technology
If your loved one lives too far to schedule frequent visits, how about teaching them how to use smartphones or computers so they can contact family and friends? With a video chat tool, such as zoom, your loved one will be able to call someone when they are bored or lonely. You can schedule regular times to chat online so they feel less lonely and more socially connected!
A Welcoming Community at Country Club At Woodland Hills
At Country Club At Woodland Hills, our vibrant and resident-focused living community provides an enjoyable retirement experience. This includes our Sensations Dining program that offers delicious, nutritious meals and excellent tableside service. If your loved one has health conditions that require specially catered meals, such as diabetes, our professional chefs will be able to whip up a menu suitable for their palate. In addition, we have a full calendar of Celebrations activities and events. When your loved one lives with us, they’ll be able to bond with like-minded neighbors and enjoy a life full of enrichment!
To find out more about our senior living options, you can contact us at 918.221.7064. Our customer service representatives will be able to answer all your inquiries. In addition, you can schedule a tour to take a look at our world-class amenities and beautiful community!