Whether your aging parent is living independently, with you or in a nursing facility, keeping tabs on their well being can be nerve wracking. When you are not available to drive to them on a moment’s notice, you might worry about whether they are safe from harm, taking their medications, and getting enough physical activity.

Fortunately, technology is available to ease that worry. The following are just some of the useful gadgets on the market that will help you stay connected with your parent.

A senior man and his son talk outside on a bench

1. Decorate Together

Moving from one’s home to an unfamiliar care facility can be intimidating. Mitigate this by bringing all of the photos and mementos your loved one is accustomed to to their new home.

2. Visit Often

This is a given, but tell your parent when you will visit on specific days and keep to that promise. It helps to see a familiar face on a regular schedule.

3. Bring Food

The food at memory care centers can actually be quite good, but everyone has their favorite treat that they occasionally crave. Know what your loved one likes to eat, and bring some for them to enjoy.

4. Talk on the Phone

When you’re too busy to make a visit, call as often as you can. This helps ward off the potential trappings of loneliness for both you and your loved one.

A senior man in a wheelchair and his caregiver walk on a cold day

5. Go Out

Was there a place your parent used to go to relax and have fun? Whether that’s the beach, a bar, the movies, or a different country, bring them to the places they love whenever you can.

6. Keep up on Hobbies

Maybe you and your parent used to work on cars, go blueberry picking in the summer, or even write stories together. Whatever hobby you shared, don’t stop doing it.

7. Listen

In the midst of this emotional transition, listen to what your loved one has to say. You will likely find they have fears and anxieties, but perhaps also solutions that you can help enact. Listening is always important, especially now.

Having a parent that needs assisted living services can be rough for everyone involved. With a little work, and a lot of time together, however, you can make it much less difficult than you ever would have thought. Remember to listen and put in an effort to make this transitory time easier, and it will be.