Quality Time for Grandchildren and Grandparents

February 11, 2014

Family plays an integral role in life at Hillandale. We encourage the families of our residents to continue creating connections with their loved ones and stay actively involved in each others lives – supporting one another and creating opportunities for family togetherness. One way to do this is to set a date for grandparents to spend some quality time with their grandchildren. Grandparents love to spend time with their grandchildren, but keeping up with those youngsters can be a challenge. Here are a few ways around those challenges that will allow you to spend more time with your grandkids.


Ask grandchildren and grandparents what they’d like to do.

It’s important to select activities that are fun for both grandparents and grandchildren. Often times grandchildren aren’t aware of their grandparents limitations, so it may be a good idea to discuss those limitations to their loved ones. Sometimes asking the right questions will help to figure out which activities are best suited for your aging loved one.


Make together time part of your daily routine

Routines are an important part in supporting a healthy lifestyle. When possible, consider bringing your grandchildren along for those excursions. They can be very helpful at the store, assisting in picking out items and will enjoy time out with their grandparents. Besides, some youngsters will enjoy a walk out with their grandparents – it’s a great time to create memories that will stay with them for a lifetime.

Reading Together

Kids love having books read to them and grandparents make GREAT storytellers. Here are a couple of quick pointers that can make this experience more enjoyable for both grandparents and their grandchildren:

-        Select books with a larger typeface that are easy to read

-        If your grandparent has trouble sitting for long periods of time make sure you pick book that can be quickly read

-        If your grandparent has a sight impairment suggest listening to audio books. The local library will usually have titles appropriate to your children’s reading level


Have Dinner as a Family

Because of varying health conditions, eating at Grandma and Grandpa’s house may look a little different than children are used to. This can make finding common ground a little difficult at times. To make this a little easier we suggest planning in advance to remove the stress of an otherwise fun family occasion. Grandparents living in assisted care facilities can eat in a dining room where their dietary needs can be accommodated. Meeting them their can be a nice way to enjoy a meal together in an environment that is safe and supportive for elderly family members.


Spend the Afternoon at a Neighborhood Park

Parks can be excellent places for grandparents and grandkids to visit together. It’s a wonderful place to bring some snacks, an umbrella and enjoy an afternoon together. They are such great locations because they are typically very accessible to mobility devices, walkers, and the like. 

Grandparents love spending time with the youngest members of their family, regardless of their age. It can be a great time to connect as a family and enjoy each others company. By taking into consideration some the needs and limitations of your aging loved one and the needs of the little ones, you can ensure many great opportunities for family togetherness.

Source: SeniorsGuideOnline.com

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