One of the challenges of growing old is that you may find that you do not have as many opportunities to interact with others as you once did. Friends and family members are busy or are no longer with you. But there is no reason why you can't make more friends in an assisted living facility that is designed more to help residents have their social needs met. Congregate housing is one of the best options if you are lonely and need assisted living.
You should begin your experience in assisted living slowly. Transitioning to assisted living is a big change and trying to make friends right away can be overwhelming. With congregate housing, you are provided with privacy in the form of your own living quarters. However, the dining services are centralized so you will always have someone to eat with. Make sure that you sit with others so you have an opportunity to have conversations.
Participate In Social Activities
It is easier to participate in social activities since you will have the transportation arranged for you. Make sure that you sign up for as many activities as possible, since they will provide you with a convenient way to make friends. Think about activities you always wanted to try, but didn't have the opportunity, and ask if your facility can make these activities available.
Look For Shared Interests
Try to find out if anyone in the assisted living facility has similar interests as you. This will make it easier to make conversation, especially if one of the shared interests is offered at the assisted living facility. Find out if you share an interest in similar movies that you can watch together.
Visit The Lounge Often
There are often lounges and common areas where you can simply strike up a conversation and play a game or two. Others who visit the lounge are usually looking for an opportunity to find someone to spend time with.
Stay In Touch With Friends And Family
Find ways to maintain open lines of communication with your loved ones. Some facilities offer Internet access and with the assistance of staff members, you can keep in touch with friends and family through social media and email. With video chat, you can have face time with family members on another side of the world. Using the Internet can also provide you with more topics of conversation that you can have with residents at the senior living facility.