Relaxation Tips from Our Senior Living Community in Orange County

Help your loved one stay calm and collected!


In this day and age, the world just keeps getting faster and faster. More tasks to complete, more appointments to attend, and more goals to achieve. When caring for a loved one with memory care needs, we’re sure that keeping them happy and relaxed is one of your top priorities. Here at Park View Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care community, we go to great lengths to support our residents’ mental health. Our Sensory Spa includes therapies that encourage our residents to improve their focus in a variety of ways. However, we wanted to make sure you feel confident in employing effective relaxation techniques as well. Take a look at our relaxation tips!

Keep Yourself Calm

One of the most important things you can do to support your loved one when they may feel agitated or seem unsettled is to maintain your own sense of calm. As difficult as it can be sometimes, avoiding the urge to get upset when your loved one gets upset makes a big difference. Instead of mirroring their negative emotions, you can take deep breaths, slow down, remain quiet and listen. This demonstration can help make your loved one feel safe. In tense situations, it can be very helpful to remember that your loved one is not trying to give you a hard time or make things difficult, even though it can be hard to not take it personally.

Manage the Environment

Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and other memory challenges make it difficult for individuals to perform tasks and communicate. Visual and auditory stimulation, such as a cluttered living space or loud background noise, can add additional stress and give the brain more to filter out. Taking small steps to manage your loved one’s environment and experiences can go a long way to help them relax. Some examples include limiting the amount of decorations they have on display in their home, turning off the TV or music when having a conversation, and introducing natural light instead of bright fluorescent indoor lighting when possible. Making the effort to limit the unnecessary distractions for your loved one can make a big difference!

Stay Proactive

You know your loved one best. Being present and aware allows you to notice the triggers or early stages of restlessness or agitation. As you notice an activity, conversation topic, or other trigger causes your loved one to feel upset, be willing to react quickly and make changes. While it’s not always possible to guarantee a perfectly calming and relaxing environment, you’ll get better and better at determining successful activities.

Respect and Validate

Our final piece of advice for relaxation tips for your loved one is to respect and validate them, especially when they’re in a time of distress. While it can be hurtful to experience your loved one’s big emotions first-hand, continuing to honor their dignity and communicate with kindness helps encourage effective communication. Asking follow-up questions or providing responses reassures your loved one that you are actively listening. Phrases such as “tell me more about that”, “how does that make you feel” and “what is that like” provide support without necessarily entering their version of reality that may not be accurate.

We know how discouraging and even scary it can sometimes be to watch your loved one deal with extreme emotions. Here at Park View Estates, we know that as your loved one’s memory challenges progress, their needs for sensory integration increase. Regular use of our Sensory Spa promotes positive emotional regulation techniques for our residents, and we work tirelessly to support them in effectively communicating their needs. We sincerely hope these suggestions for staying calm and encouraging relaxation give you some encouragement.

If you’re interested in learning additional relaxation tips, please schedule a tour for the Park View Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care Community, we’d be happy to give you more information!

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