So You’ve Planned Your Visit – What Next?

Be prepared for your visit and ease your mind.

Transitioning a loved one into a senior care community can be a big adjustment for both residents and family members. For many, it’s easy to carve out time to visit but sometimes difficult to know what to do or what to bring. Being prepared for your visit can help ease your mind.

So you’ve planned your next visit, what now? Below is a short list of items, activities, and games that will help you plan for a visit and give you and your loved one something to look forward to!

Sign up for community activities

Our community takes pride in having numerous activities throughout each week to ensure that seniors are engaged and connected. These activities are an opportunity for you to connect with your loved one through a shared hobby or the learning of a new skill. A few examples of activities might be:

  • Group exercise class
  • Game Night
  • Trivia Games
  • Karaoke
  • & More!

Photos / Photo Albums

Your next visit is an opportunity to not only capture the moment but create memories with your loved ones. If you are yet to make a family portrait, your visit is the best time to do so, especially with the entire family.

Having a generational blend is perfect! You may consider bringing the grandchildren along on your next visit and welcome them into these moments as well. These pictures can serve as apartment decor or be added to a photo album, allowing your loved one to reminisce over memories. Alternatively, you may also consider bringing old photos/photo albums from home to spark storytelling and relive your family’s favorite memories.

Live Streaming

If your loved one is committed to religious practices, then you can livestream services or invite members of their religious organizations during the visit. This helps foster connection not just within the community but outside as well. Most seniors enjoy the satisfaction that comes from a worship session or a spiritual practice. It is sometimes helpful to engage in these activities on a group level as that promotes accountability among others.

Thankfully, a number of religious organizations have migrated to the internet space with livestreaming on media pages across the globe, providing an opportunity to pray, meditate or attend a service with your loved ones.

Card Games

Lastly, we always recommend a classic card game or board game. Bringing a deck of cards is a simple way to get everyone involved in one activity, but still being relaxed enough to let conversation flow naturally. At Independence Court of Monroeville, there are common spaces with tables and room to gather with family and friends for a game of cards!

How does Independence Court of Monroeville help your loved ones?

Independence Court ensures that your loved one is living life to the fullest. From group activities and outings to game nights and reading clubs, there is always something available for residents to participate in. We understand that fostering connection and community is essential to the wellbeing and longevity of seniors.




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My dad very reluctantly went to Independence Court for a two week respite stay while ...
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My dad very reluctantly went to Independence Court for a two week respite stay while I was on vacation. To my surprise he had a wonderful experience. The Admission Director (Timmi Roberts) was extremely helpful at helping us get this set up on short notice. During his stay he said the food was very good and they supplied him with gluten free options since he has Celiac disease. Each day he went and exercised which he never does. The Activities Director (Sharon Jankovik) kept him very engaged in fun activities such as Wii bowling which he also loved. She even sent us two video's to let us see how he was doing. That was awesome!! He spent time talking with other residents and really had a great experience. What welcomed relief to have him so cared for while we were away.
I have been the an employee at Independence Court for over 25 years, of which I ...
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I have been the an employee at Independence Court for over 25 years, of which I have been the Activities Director. My mother came to live here over 10 years ago. Her family did not anticipate her longevity. She truly enjoys being with people, having choices for activities, and loves sitting in the sun to people watch and bird watch. I can not express how thankful I am to see her always with a smile. The mutual respect between the staff and my mother appreciated.
The staff who have cared for my client have gone above and beyond in making ...
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The staff who have cared for my client have gone above and beyond in making sure that she has always felt welcomed, loved & important. The med techs, caregivers, activities directors, receptionists, & Most especially director of nursing, Tammy McElhose have offered so much compassion. From the day Tammy met her she became a touchstone for her. Tammy offers so much love and concern. Her big kind & compassionate heart is one of a kind & I am grateful that she has been a part of my clients journey.
Tiffany, the Director of Sales & Marketing, was a wonderful help to us & addressed ...
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Tiffany, the Director of Sales & Marketing, was a wonderful help to us & addressed our concerns thoroughly as we transitioned our loved one to this personal care home. We were warmly greeted by Tyler (Executive Director), Marcelle (Director of Nursing), Mel (Patient Life Enrichment) and so many others. They are a fantastic team! Recent renovations make the facility inviting and bright. Multiple activities are offered almost every day and the staff make an effort to connect with each resident.

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