Texas approved visitation in senior living back in March. Of course, there were many precautions to consider before facilities could choose a path forward. In Houston, Pathways Memory Care decided to mandate vaccines for our associates and provide vaccination clinics for our residents. Before resuming visitation, we took this step to provide peace of mind to our residents, their families, and our team.
Many loved ones entered Alzheimer’s or dementia care during the COVID-19 pandemic or have not been able to see friends or family in over a year. Establishing a visitation routine, pandemic or not, can be difficult, but we hope this guide gives you the confidence to enjoy time with your loved ones again.
Do people with Alzheimer’s enjoy family visits?
It may take practice and work from both sides, but yes. Putting thought into your visit can create positive impacts for you and your loved one. Everyone is different, and you may find that your loved one may just enjoy your presence over the conversation.
How do I prepare for a visit with an older adult with Alzheimer’s or dementia?
|Time||Take into consideration the needs of the resident you’ll be visiting. Try not to interfere with their routine or activity schedule. Don’t come at a time when they’ll be too tired.|
|Length of stay||Visits should not be very long, and it’s better to make a couple of short visits than one long one every week.|
|Bringing guests||One or two people per visit is usually a good idea to prevent overstimulation. Pre-plan conversation topics and get on the same page with anyone who may be joining.|
How are visits different during the pandemic?
While we are all very excited to see our loved ones again, memory care communities are a vulnerable population, so face coverings and social distancing are still best practices.
If you have yet to get vaccinated, consider getting tested before visiting our community. We provide screening for all team members, vendors, and visitors upon entrance. Find a vaccine clinic near you.
Are Houston memory care communities vaccinated?
Pathways Memory Care made a commitment to a 100 percent vaccination rate for our residents and associates. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chart shows the positive impacts vaccinations have had on seniors living in Texas. As of June 2021, we’re at the lowest infection rate since the pandemic began.
What are some tips for effective visits with Alzheimer’s and dementia residents?
What should I talk about with my loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia?
- Play their favorite music.
- Bring a photo album.
- Scent and taste are potent tools to bring back memories.
- We provide daily tactile activities, but consider bringing some sort of art or craft you know they enjoyed in the past.
How can I visit my loved one at Pathways Memory Care?
Give us a call at (281) 315-1450 to ask any questions about visitations or set up an appointment with your loved one today.