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January 27, 2023

The Westbury Senior Living Discusses How to Have Meaningful Visits With Someone Living With Dementia

Category: Dementia Resources

Author: Dakota Clark, Memory Care Director

Dementia is an umbrella term for loss of memory and other thinking abilities severe enough to interfere with daily life. When someone is diagnosed with dementia, at least two parts of the brain are dying. Dementia is progressive, chronic, and terminal, which creates many challenges.  Relationships continue to be vital to families, regardless of a dementia diagnosis. At The Westbury Senior Living we have some ideas and suggestions to help you have successful visits with your loved ones.

Family members and friends absolutely impact the way a visit will go, from conversations to interactions. It is all about how the residents are approached. Family members can make the visit more pleasant for someone with dementia if they come prepared to engage with the resident, bring a board game, work a puzzle, or listen to old, classic music.

Certain times are better than others to visit someone with dementia. I would suggest visiting mid-morning into early afternoon. Timing of the visits really does make a huge difference.

When it comes time to leave, I never suggest “ending” a visit. Saying “goodbye” may trigger the resident, causing them to wonder where their loved one is going and why they aren’t going with them. White lies are okay when dealing with someone who has dementia, when it comes time to make your exit.

We hope this information has given you some fresh tips and ideas for visiting someone living with dementia. Quality connections are essential for the person living with the disease, as well as yourself. If your visit still doesn’t go well, don’t beat yourself up. Every day is a new day. Be patient and you will figure out what works best. Giving your time to someone living with dementia is the best gift possible. 

The Westbury Senior Living in Columbia, MO offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near University Hospital and Boone Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Mizzou Tigers, Columbia Mall, The Broadway Shops, MKT Nature and Fitness Trail, Finger Lake State Park, and LA Nickell Golf Course.

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