An Opportunity to Observe
What if mom or dad tends to stick to themselves? What if dad has always preferred to just watch television and isn’t interested in activities? A common misconception is that an elderly person may not benefit from a community that offers activities.
Interestingly, what we sometimes find is that a resident may start out choosing to observe from a distance, but later decides to participate.
Stimulation can be provided not only by doing, but by seeing and hearing an activity as well. Providing an opportunity for residents to choose what and when to join in an activity is important. It provides the right to independence.