If you have a loved one who has to live in an assisted living facility because he or she is unable to take care of him or herself, he or she might be worried about how he or she is going to keep up his or her spiritual life. Your loved one might go to church or a temple regularly to pray and draw comfort from it and the removal of that comfort can be very difficult for him or her. Here are some tips for incorporating spirituality into the life of your loved on at an assisted living facility.
1. Set Up a Way for Your Loved One to Go to His or Her Place of Worship
If your loved one is physically able to go into his or her place of worship, consider setting up a schedule with your family members and your loved one's friends to pick him or her up from the assisted living and drive him or her at least one day a week. If you are not religious, do not feel any pressure to go in with your loved one. Simply driving him or her to the place of worship and picking him or her back up is kind enough.
If your loved one is not able to physically attend, then consider helping one of your loved one's friends at the place of worship set up Skype or some other video messaging service that will allow your loved one to watch the service as it happens in real time and experience the sights and sounds of it. This can help your loved one continue to feel connected.
2. Create a Place for Your Loved One to Worship in the Facility
Your second option is to create a place for your loved one to worship in the facility by him or herself. This could mean creating a shrine, investing in battery-powered candles, or setting up a small area for a prayer rug.
3. Convince a Bible Study Group to Meet at the Assisted Living
Talk to the assisted living facility and see if they would be willing to have a Bible study group from your loved one's place of worship use their facilities once a week. This will allow your loved one to stay involved as well as get the people around her involved in the spiritual discussion.
For more information, talk to your loved one's assisted living, such as United Methodist Village.